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Preparing for STAAR

Understanding important information about the STAAR test as well as ideas to prepare for it.
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Teresa Dolan

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of Preparing for STAAR

Getting Students Ready
for STAAR Understanding and Preparing for the Test Reading STAAR Math STAAR Being STAAR Ready In All Grades TAKS vs STAAR Why the Test Changed:
Students were passing TAKS (scoring in the top 10%) but could not pass SAT or college entrance exams
Students could pass TAKS and miss all the higher level questions. They could even make Commend Performance and still miss all the inferencing and summarizing questions.
In math, students could miss all the muti-step and higher level questions and still pass. With only one or two multi-step processing questions correct, students could make Commended Performance.
We became to Scantron Nation, and students were learning to be great test takers and not great thinkers.


STAAR:
9 genres
Expository
Poetry (paired)
Drama (paired)
Inferencing and Summarizing is now Dual Coded and not asked in isolation.
Students must generalize themes, character traits and motives, etc through paired selections

Reporting Categories:
1- Numbers, Operations, and Quantitative Reasoning
3rd- 33% (15 questions)
4th-35 % (17 questions)
5th-36% (18 questions)
2-Patterns, Relationships, and Algebraic Thinking
3rd- 17% (8 questions)
4th-13 % (6 questions)
5th- 12% (6 questions)
3-Geometry and Spatial Reasoning
3rd- 20% (9 questions)
4th- 17% (8 questions)
5th-14% (7 questions)
4-Measurement
3rd-17% (8 questions)
4th-25% (12 questions)
5th-16% (8 questions)
5-Probability and Statistics
3rd-13% (6 questions)
4th-17% (8 questions)
5th-22% (11 questions)
How the Test is Different:
Our lowest scored areas (inferencing, summarizing, problem solving, and multi-step problems) now account for more than 85% of the test (used to be 3 or four questions, now more than 40 questions)
Roughly 85% of the test is now Dual Coded
Figure 19 for Reading
Process TEKS for Math
Reporting Categories:
1 -Understanding Across All Genres
3rd- 15% (6 questions)
4th 23% (10 questions)
5th- 22% (10 question)
2- Comprehension and Analysis of Literary Text
3rd-45% (18 questions)
4th- 41% (18 questions)
5th- 41% (19 questions)
3- Comprehension and Analysis of Informational Text
3rd- 40% (16 questions)
4th- 36% (16 questions)
5th- 37% (17 questions)
Preparing Students for Reading
All grades align in reading
Too much emphasis on personal schema reading
Need more Evidence Based Reading (Closed Reading)
Open Ended Response so that we can see the child's thinking
Focus on the correct answers, not the distractors
Need to share the cognitive connections between question and the correct answer
Help students locate explicit, relevant, accurate information
We must adhere to the TEKS. These tell us what to teach. Your freedom comes with how you choose to teach.

All reading TEKS are aligned.
Each year in math it is roughly 65% to 70% new content. Biggest Difference:
75 or more percent of the test is Dual Coded with Process Skills
We see problem solving at a higher level and much more of it
Preparing Student for STAAR:
Maria Solorzano
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