STAAR Parent Awareness Session February 28, 2012
Presenters: Cheryl Lang, Executive Director of Elementary Education (943-‐5011) Dr. Jana Rueter, Executive Director of Middle School (943-‐5000, ext 6032) Becky McCoy, Director of Assessment (943-‐5000, ext 6034) Don Wise, Director of High School Curriculum (943-‐5000, ext 6039) Audience?
Begins this SPRING – 2012 STAAR: Grades 3rd through 8th grades EOC: for 9th graders (10 and above still take TAKS) thSTAAR will measure STUDENT PERFORMANCE and ACADEMIC GROWTH All tests in elementary and middle school are LINKED to ENGLISH III and ALGEBRA II
Grades 3-‐8 HIGH SCHOOL COURSES Reading 3-‐8 MATH ENGLISH SCIENCE SOCIAL Math 3-‐8 Algebra I English I Biology STUDIES Writing 4 & 7 Geometry English II Chemistry World Geo Algebra II English III Physics World Hist Science 5 & 8 US History Social Studies 8 The high school STAAR tests are EOC (End of Course) tests, not GRADE LEVEL tests. **Current 10th -‐12th graders take TAKS.
Did the student learn the grade level curriculum AND are they ready for the NEXT grade? Learning builds between grades. STAAR is vertically aligned from high school down to elementary.
STAAR is more rigorous which means our instruction of our curriculum will be more rigorous! Higher level thinking is required. Student connections and application are required. We are utilizing STAAR as an opportunity for our teachers to improve instruction and increase student learning!
Grades K – 2nd: District assessments Grade 3: Reading and Math Grade 4: Reading, Math, and Writing Grade 5: Reading, Math, and Science What is diﬀerent from TAKS: Longer tests Four hour time limit More rigorous test questions EXAMPLES…
What is the best summary of an article? A. Ranchers owned a lot of cattle. In order to ﬁnd enough food, the cattle had to roam freely across large areas of land. The ranchers needed help with their cattle, so they hired vaqueros. B. Spanish ranchers hired vaqueros to take care of their cattle. The cattle lived in large open areas. Vaqueros used horses and special clothing and tools to help them with their work. When the ranchers moved away, the vaqueros taught their skills to new settlers. C. Vaqueros took care of cattle that wandered across large areas of land. The vaqueros watched over the cattle and chased harmful animals away. They also helped ﬁnd calves in springtime. D. Spanish ranchers owned cattle that grazed in large areas of grassland. It was diﬃcult to keep track of the cattle and take care of them. The cattle ranchers needed some help, so they hired vaqueros, who were similar to cowboys. Eventually the Spanish ranchers left.
Reba is planning a dinner for 24 people. She wants to make 3 tacos for each person. Taco shells are sold in packages of 12. Which of the following equations can be used to ﬁnd p, the number of packages of taco shells needed for the dinner? A. (24 ×3) ÷12 = p B. (24 ÷3) ×12 = p C. (24 ×3) ×12 = p D. (24 ÷3) +12 = p
READ the information below: There are people in our lives who are special to us. Sometimes this person is a teacher or coach, a parent, a brother or sister, or even a friend. THINK about the people you care about. WRITE about one person who has been important to you. Explain what makes that person special. PLUS: 28 Revising and Editing Questions
Some students attach a balloon to a straw and then tape the straw to the top of a toy car. The students inﬂate the balloon and release the car. The car travels 40 centimeters across the ﬂoor. What should the students do to determine whether the force of the air from a balloon is enough to push the car 40 centimeters across the same ﬂoor in repeated trials? A Test the car several times using an identical balloon ﬁlled with diﬀerent amounts of air B Test the car several times using diﬀerent-‐sized balloons ﬁlled with the same amount of air C Test the car several times using an identical balloon ﬁlled with the same amount of air D Test the car several times using diﬀerent-‐sized balloons ﬁlled with diﬀerent amounts of air