STAAR Grade 3-8 Presentation

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STAAR Grade 3-8 Presentation

  1. 1. STAAR    Parent  Awareness   Session   February  28,  2012  
  2. 2.   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?  
  3. 3. State ofTexasAssessment ofAcademicReadiness  
  4. 4. 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  
  5. 5. 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.  
  6. 6.   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.  
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  8. 8.   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!  
  9. 9.   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…  
  10. 10. 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.  
  11. 11. 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  
  12. 12. 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  
  13. 13. 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    
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