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Welcome to
Carroll Elementary
STAAR Parent Meeting
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
What is STAAR?
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
This test will assess the
content standards at a
greater depth and at a
higher level of
complexity.
70% of the STAAR will
be College Readiness
Standards!
The Basics
For grades 3–8, STAAR tests are in same grades and
subjects as TAKS.
3–8 mathematics
3–8 reading
4 and 7 writing
5 and 8 science
8 social studies
The Difference
The questions on the new STAAR will be deeper and more
complex than TAKS.
(Refer to Blueprint)
1) In reading, greater emphasis will be given to critical
analysis, rather than to literal understanding.
2) In writing, students will be required to write two essays instead
of one, and the English EOC assessments will be administered
over two days.
3) In science and math, the number of open-ended questions will
increase to allow students to derive an answer independently.
4) The STAAR assessment is timed.
Students will only have 4 hours.
TAKS vs. STAAR
TAKS (TEKS 3.10A)
STAAR (TEKS 3.10A) R
TAKS vs. STAAR
TAKS (TEKS 3.5B)
STAAR (TEKS 3.5B)
STAAR Dates 2013
Content
Area
Math
Reading
Science
3rd
April 23
April 24
x
x
4th
April 23
April 24
x
April 2 &
3rd
5th
April 2
May 14
(SSI)
April 3
May 15
(SSI)
April 24
Writing
x
Defining Student Success Initiative (SSI)
 What is SSI?
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SSI (enacted in 1999) is a system of support structured to
ensure that all students gain sufficient understanding of
the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
 The grade advancement requirements of SSI apply to:
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Grade 5 (beginning 2004-05)
 Reading
Mathematics
Grade 8 (beginning in 2007-08)
 Reading
 Mathematics
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What does this means?
 Under SSI, a student in Grade 5 or 8 may only advance to the
next grade level by:
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Passing their STAAR Math and Reading
assessments.
OR
Unanimous decision of the Grade Placement
Committee (GPC) that the student is likely to perform
at grade level at the end of the next year given
additional accelerated instruction.
 Testing requirements:
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Up to 3 testing opportunities in Spring and Summer
Accelerated instruction after each testing
opportunity.
Additional Information
 Although SSI only address reading and
mathematics, all content areas are equally
important.
 At the end of the academic year, we will
average each content area’s Semester 1 and
Semester 2 final grade. This average MUST
be 70% or higher in order for your child to be
promoted.
Plan of Action
Campus/Classroom Interventions
• One on One Support: Guiding
individual students to master the developing
academic skills.
•Small groups: Students are grouped by
developing academic skills and are provided
with reinforcing activities.
•All-STAARs Saturday Camp
•After/Before school tutorials
• Computer Program – Big Brainz: Fun
and engaging way to master multiplication
facts
Classroom Interventions
• Mini-Lessons: Implementation of mini lessons instead of
full lessons in order to increase the amount of time in class
to practice the concepts taught in the lesson.
• Intervention rotation: Students are given the
opportunity to work with a different classroom teacher as a
way to hear the lesson taught differently, hear different
strategies, or practice different strategies.
• Building a break: A break for their brains during the math
and reading lesson. A 5-minute brain breather for the kids to
distress.
Guided Reading, Math and Science Stations
• STAAR-based Content: The activities in
the stations are connected to the learning
objectives that will be assessed by the State
of Texas.
• Small Groups for Reading and Math
Instruction: A time to re-teach and practice
the skill one particular group of students
need to work on.
Guided Reading, Math and Science Stations
•Team Work: The students work in groups
as they rotate through the different stations
after completing the assigned activity.
• Student Engagement: A variety of
activities are designed to ensure the students
are actively engaged while developing their
weaknesses and enriching their strengths.
What can you do at home?
Reading
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Start a reading routine
Read daily at home
Reread favorite books
Visit public library
Show daily reading and writing.
Example: groceries, notes,
recipes, etc.
 Talk in complete sentences
 Offer a variety of books to read
Math
 Have a positive attitude about
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math
Point out everyday math
Ask what they are learning in
math class
Have high expectations
Work with your student if there
are learning difficulties
Spend time on activities that
involve math
Additional Resources
For more information please refer
to the Texas Education Agency
website.
http://www.tea.state.tx.us
Questions?

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