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The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR): What You Need to Know Feb. 16, 2012. HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. What we’ll cover tonight. Overview of STAAR Some frequently asked questions Your questions. 2. Before we begin …. 3.

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The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR):What You Need to Know

Feb. 16, 2012

HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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What we’ll cover tonight

  • Overview of STAAR
  • Some frequently asked questions
  • Your questions

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What is the STAAR test?

  • A new statewide testing system for elementary, middle, and high school students.
  • Like TAKS, it is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
  • STAAR is designed to measure a student’s college and career readiness.

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Is STAAR more difficult than the TAKS test?

STAAR will assess students’ knowledge in a deeper way. Questions are:

  • More complex
  • Open-ended
  • Focused on critical thinking

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Is STAAR more difficult than the TAKS test?

Also, the STAAR test is timed – students will have four hours to complete the tests.

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How will performance be measured?

Level I

Unsatisfactory Academic Performance

Level II

Satisfactory Academic Performance

Level III

Advanced Academic

Performance

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Measuring performance in elementary and middle school

All tests will be scored and reported, and a raw score will be returned.

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Measuring performance in elementary and middle school

Students may be required to attend summer school or take remedial courses based on their performance; therefore, it is critical that students do their very best and take their performance on each STAAR assessment seriously.

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Measuring performance in elementary and middle school

A student’s performance on the STAAR test may determine placement in pre-AP classes for middle school.

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Preparing for STAAR testing in elementary and middle school

  • All HISD middle and elementary schools have been working diligently to prepare students for the rigor of STAAR assessments.
  • All schools are offering multiple opportunities for students to receive additional support, and we would ask your support in encouraging your child to take advantage of all opportunities being presented.

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Looking ahead to high school: What is an EOC?

  • High school students will take 12 STAAR end-of-course assessments developed in foundation subjects.

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Three important considerations about EOCs

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Students must achieve a minimum score.

Students must also meet the cumulative score requirement in each of the four foundation subjects.

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Three important considerations about EOCs

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The score a student receives on a STAAR EOC assessment is required to count for 15% of the student’s final grade in the course.*

Student’s FINAL GRADE

* State is considering delaying this requirement

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The bottom line:

A student’s performance on a STAAR EOC can affect GPA and class rank.

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What accommodations are available?

  • Accommodations during testing will be available for students who:
    • Receive special education services
    • Are identified for support under Section 504
    • Who have a specific need and meet TEA criteria for certain accommodations

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What test versions are available?

  • Spanish versions for eligible English Language Learners in grades 3-5
  • Linguistically accommodated versions of STAAR, called STAAR L
  • STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate for Special Education students

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How can I help my child prepare for the STAAR test?

  • Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher or principal. Ask if there are exercises that can be done at home to help reinforce what your child is learning in preparation for the STAAR test.
  • Emphasize the importance of participating in school daily
  • Monitor your child’s progress on Parent Student Connect
  • Know the STAAR testing schedule and make sure your child gets adequate rest and eats breakfast on the morning of the test.
  • Encourage your child to do his or her best. Express confidence that he or she will do well.

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Resources for you

Check dates, info: houstonisd.org/STAAR

Post your questions: hisdstaar.wordpress.com

Follow on Twitter: @HISDSTAAR

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Upcoming STAAR events

  • Live parent forums on HISD-TV:
  • Feb. 28, 7-8 p.m. (English)
  • March 6, 7-8 p.m. (Spanish)
  • Watch LIVE on HISD-TV (Comcast, Ch. 18 & AT&T U-verse, Ch. 99) and online at www.houstonisd.org/HISDTV