The Differences Between TAKS and STAAR for Elementary Del Valle ISD
New STAAR Exams for 2011-2012• In the 2011-12 school year, the Texas Education Agency(TEA) will be launching STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) which will begin replacing the current TAKS test and will include new graduation requirements for the Class of 2015 and beyond.• STAAR will assess the same standards in a deeper, more rigorous way. DVISD continues to focus on preparing our students and teachers to be successful during this transition.• Students in grades 3-8 will take the same subject tests for each grade level:
New STAAR Exams for 2011-2012• Students entering 9th grade in 2011-12 will take STAAR/EOC (End-of-Course). – Learn more during the following secondary meetings: • Dailey Middle School 9/8/2011 6:00-8:00 PM • Del Valle High School 9/8/2011 6:30-8:00 PM • Del Valle Middle School 9/22/2011 5:30-7:30 PM • Ojeda Middle School 9/21/2011 5:00-7:30 PM • Opportunity Center 9/14/2011 2:00-4:30 PM• Currently enrolled 10th-12th grade students will continue to take TAKS.
What are the major differences ?• The rigor of items has been increased by testingskills at a greater depth and level of thinking. Theresults will be used to show college readiness.• The total number of test items for the STAARassessments has been increased for most grades,subjects and courses.•More steps are needed to solve math problems.• The writing tests at grades 4 and 7 will take 2days; two essays will be required as opposed to one.
What are the major differences ? (cont’d)• A four hour time limit has been established forSTAAR assessments. TAKS was untimed. The stateis aligning testing with college prep (ACT/SAT). • Accommodations for extra time or an extra day will be available for students who meet eligibility criteria. • The four hour time is to include: • Breaks for water or snacks • Bathroom breaks • Breaks for physical activity • Routine medical breaks to take medicine
How do elementary scores align with EOCs/graduation requirements? Level III: Advanced Academic Performance Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance• Students will receive scores in three levels starting inelementary. The state goal is for students to earn the LevelIII: Advanced Academic Performance score in all subjectareas. This level of score is meant to give a positive indicationthat a student is academically college and career ready.• In high school STAAR EOC test results must be includedas 15% of the student’s final grade for the course.
How do elementary scores align with EOCs/graduation requirements? Level III: Advanced Academic Performance Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance• A Satisfactory score for the Recommended GraduationPlan & an Advanced Academic Performance Score for theDistinguished Plan will be required on Eng III & Algebra IIEOCs.• Colleges and universities will prefer the Level III scoreand may help students avoid taking developmental levelcollege courses which cost money but credits from thesecourses do not count toward a degree.
Questions and Answers1. Can my child be retained because of performance on STAAR? • There will be no retentions based on STAAR results for this school year. Students will only be given one opportunity to take each test- STAAR retake tests will not be available this year. Districts are required to make promotion/retention decisions based on academic achievement.2. What options will Special Education students have? • TEA is eliminating the separate accommodated form and building in specific accommodations to the general STAAR assessments. • STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate will be options for most courses, but not all higher level courses.
Questions and Answers3. What can I do as a parent? • Make sure your child reads 30 minutes everyday to help reading fluency for timed test purposes • Have your child work on math facts to help math fluency for timed test purposes (math flash cards) • Help with and check homework nightly • Keep in contact with your child’s teacher • Be sure to sign-up for Family Access (new grade book system)
Questions and Answers4. What is DVISD doing to prepare my child? • Teachers are teaching in deeper and more rigorous ways. • Asking more questions • Requiring students to do more thinking • Taking concepts from the concrete level to the abstract • All teachers in DVISD are trained using the Model Classroom Project. • Lessons include different teaching strategies which are relevant and meaningful in order to reach all types of learners • Effective questioning strategies are used • Encourages students to participate using higher level thinking skills • Creates a collaborative learning environment • Fosters an environment where learners become responsible learners