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1 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR): For Middle School Students in the school year North East Independent School District September 2011 Version 2

2 Agenda Overview of STAAR Looking ahead to high school Some Frequently Asked Questions Your Questions 2

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4 A new vertical state system Legislation requires a system of performance standards that are linked from grade to grade, starting with postsecondary-readiness performance standards down through grade 3 4 Sources: Texas Education Agency HB 3 Transition Plan; Lead4ward

5 What is STAAR? State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Beginning in the school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be launching STAAR to replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Based on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) STAAR tests for grades 3-8 and subject-area STAAR End- of-Course exams for high school 6th grade –Mathematics and Reading 7th grade– Mathematics, Reading and Writing 8th – Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies and Science 5

6 General rules for STAAR For the school year only, there are no Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion requirements for grades 5 and 8 Students will be assessed for promotion to the next grade by other academic information, such as grades and teacher recommendations 6

7 Rules for middle school students enrolled in upper level courses District is waiting for further guidance on testing requirements for 7 th grade students in PreAP classes For 8 th graders enrolled in Algebra I in spring 2012: Required to take EOC for courses in which they are enrolled Students EOC score must count toward 15% of the final course grade and count toward cumulative score A student may not be required to retake a course as a condition of retaking the EOC assessment for that course 7

8 How is STAAR different? STAAR writing assessment at grade 7 will be two days Accommodations during testing will be available for students who receive special education services, students who are identified for support under Section 504 and students with a specific need who meet established eligibility criteria set by TEA for certain accommodations 8

9 How is STAAR different? Emphasis on college and career readiness More rigorous by: Focusing on the course level curriculum (TEKS) that is most critical for success, known as Readiness Standards Adhering to a time limit of four hours Including more rigorous items, increased number of items, greater emphasis on critical analysis, and more difficult testing methods, such as open-ended questions and additional compositions 9

10 Example: Grade 5 STAAR Source: Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division 10

11 Exit Level TABS test (1982) 11

12 Exit Level TAKS test (2006) 12

13 2011– – – – –2016 GR 3–8 STAAR GR 9 STAAR GR 10TAKS STAAR GR 11TAKS STAAR GR 12 & Out-of-School Students TAKS STAAR or TAKS STAAR or TAKS TAKS to STAAR Transition Plan 13

14 Level I Unsatisfactory Academic Performance Level II Satisfactory Academic Performance Level III Advanced Academic Performance * Performance Standards for STAAR 3-8 will be set in October 2012 Similar to Commended level under TAKS Student performance Two cut scores, which will identify three performance labels 14

15 Looking ahead: STAAR at High School STAAR end-of-course assessments developed in foundation subjects 15 * Must meet additional passing standards for Recommended High School Program and Distinguished Achievement Program ** The English EOCs will include separate reading and writing components **

16 Looking ahead: STAAR at High School STAAR will include new graduation requirements for first time ninth-grade students in and thereafter Students must achieve a minimum score on all EOCs in which they are enrolled, other than English III and Algebra II; Students must meet the cumulative score requirement in each of the four foundation subjects; and Students must earn Level II or III performance in English III and Algebra II (depending on graduation program) 16

17 End of Course Exams(EOCs) Students must meet passing standards for 8 to 12 EOCs Minimum High School Program (8 to 12 EOCs) Recommended High School Program (12 EOCs) Distinguished Achievement Program (12 EOCs) EOC tests results must be included as 15% of the students final grade for the course Minimum High School Program: It is possible that some students will need to perform satisfactory on as few as eight EOC assessments Recommended High School Program: Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Performance (Level II) in: English III Algebra II Distinguished Achievement Program: Students must meet Advanced Academic Performance standard (Level III) in: English III Algebra II Each of the four foundation subjects (Math, Reading/ELA, Social Studies, Science) have a minimum score and a cumulative score requirement Graduation Requirements for students first enrolled in grade 9 or below in Credits Three Graduation Programs: Minimum High School Program (22 credits) 4 credits of English; 3 math; 2 science; 3 soc. std.; 1 P.E.; 0.5 health(through healthy lifestyles); 0.5 speech; 1 fine arts; 1 academic elective; 6 electives; must see counselor for MHSP Recommended High School Program(26 credits) 4 credits each of English, math, science, soc. std.; 2 credits in other languages; 1 P.E.; 0.5 health (through healthy lifestyles); 0.5 speech; 1 fine arts; 5 elective credits; default graduation program Distinguished High School Program(26 credits) same as RHSP except 3 credits in other languages; 4 elective credits; 4 advanced measures Link to graduation: _requireme.html

18 Minimum High School Program Recommended High School Program (Default in NEISD) Distinguished Achievement Program 18

19 Incoming NEISD high school students enter under the Recommended High School Program (default program) A parent/guardian waiver acknowledging understanding of the Minimum High School Program must be signed by the parent/guardian and by the principals designee The student must meet at least one of the following conditions: Be at least 16 years of age, or Have completed two credits required for graduation in each subject of the foundation curriculum, or Have failed to be promoted to Grade 10 one or more times as determined by the school district For students served through the special education program, the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee will work with families to determine the appropriate graduation program When can a student choose the Minimum High School Program? 19

20 Receiving a Minimum High School Program diploma may affect admission to a higher education institution Additionally, a Minimum High School Program diploma may not qualify for some financial aid programs, grants or scholarships What are the consequences of graduating under the Minimum High School Program? 20

21 How will students served through the special education program be assessed on STAAR? The Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee will decide which STAAR assessments (STAAR, STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate) a student served through the special education program should take based on his/her abilities and eligibility requirements Individual ARD committees will continue to consider the needs of each student and select additional accommodations and supplemental aids that are necessary to support the students success during assessment 21

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23 Will STAAR be developed for English Language Learners (ELLs)? Linguistically accommodated versions of STAAR called STAAR L will be available for eligible ELLs STAAR L will be in English and comparable to STAAR in content, rigor, and academic achievement standards The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) will be reviewed and adjusted as needed to maintain an appropriate relationship between academic language proficiency as defined by TELPAS and academic achievement as defined by STAAR 23

24 Will STAAR L be available for all grades, subjects, and courses? L versions of the STAAR assessments in mathematics, science, and social studies will be developed STAAR L reading and writing will not be developed ELLs in grade 6 and above may be given access to dictionaries when taking STAAR reading, writing, and English I–III tests STAAR L versions will be administered on a similar schedule as STAAR assessments and in paper form only for

25 Do all ELLs take STAAR L? Revisions to ELL test participation criteria will be made through the commissioner of education rulemaking process and posted on the Texas Education Agency website in fall 2011 ELLs not eligible to take the STAAR L will take the general STAAR tests in English but may be eligible to receive certain limited linguistic accommodations The small number of ELLs with disabilities who meet STAAR Modified participation criteria will take the STAAR Modified test forms in English but may qualify for allowable linguistic accommodations 25

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27 How does STAAR impact middle school students enrolled in a high school level course (e.g. Algebra I)? In 2012 and beyond: Middle school students enrolled in high school-level courses will be required to take the corresponding end-of-course (EOC) assessment Decisions at the state level have not yet been made about how these test scores for these students will be used in state or federal accountability Once more information is released about the affects on accountability, the district will make a final decision on whether middle school students enrolled in high school level courses are required to also take the corresponding STAAR grade level assessment 27

28 Level I Unsatisfactory Academic Performance Level II Satisfactory Academic Performance Level III Advanced Academic Performance Minimum Score High School students taking EOCs must: 1. achieve a minimum score on all EOCs in which they are enrolled, other than English III and Algebra II; 2. meet the cumulative score requirement in each of the four foundation subjects; and 3. earn Level II or III performance in English III and Algebra II (depending on graduation program) * Performance Standards will be set in February 2012 prior to the first high stakes administration in spring 2012 DAP: English III and Algebra II (1,400 minimum) RHSP: English III and Algebra II (1,000 minimum) Minimum Contribution=900 Algebra I, English I, Biology, World Geography, Geometry, English II, Chemistry, World History, Physics, U.S. History Cumulative Score Requirement (Math Example): Algebra I (Min. 900) + Geometry (Min. 900) +Algebra II (Min. of 1,000 or 1,400 depending on Graduation program) >= 3,000 Sample Scale Scores* 28

29 How do students meet a minimum and a cumulative score on EOCs? 29

30 The score on a STAAR EOC assessment is required to count for 15% of the students final grade in the course NEISD will establish local policies to implement the 15% statutory requirement For STAAR English I, II, and III assessments, which have a separate reading and writing component, districts have discretion over how the score from each component are used to calculate the 15% grading requirement TEA is not planning to provide a method to convert EOC scale scores into grading systems because of wide variations in grading policies from district to district There is no corresponding requirement for students taking a modified or alternate assessment, so districts are not required to count STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate EOC assessment scores as 15% of a students final course grade How are the STAAR EOC assessments related to course grades? 30

31 How will NEISD incorporate the EOC 15% requirement? A conversion chart between EOC scale scores* and course grades (0-100) will be created by the district and used to calculate the Final Grade on the Academic Achievement Record (AAR) – transcripts The final grade will not be used in the calculation of rank, GPA, or Overall GPA (based on current information) 31 * Performance Standards will be set in February 2012 prior to the first high stakes administration in spring 2012

32 How will an EOC affect course credit? If a students final grade is less than a 70 after 15% of an EOC score is applied, then the course credit is denied until the student either retakes the course to earn a higher grade and/or retakes the EOC exam to earn a higher score that will elevate the final grade to a minimum of 70 The student does not necessarily have to retake the course 32

33 Students who fail an EOC test will automatically be scheduled to test again during the next administration (summer, fall or spring) should strongly considerIf a student barely passes an EOC exam, parents and students should strongly consider discussing, scheduling, and/or retaking the EOC exam since a very good score on one test can help with a lower score on another NEISD is developing a process for communicating STAAR results with families to discuss re-testing opportunities Parents will receive EOC results through a paper report (CSR) and through the states online portal (Texas Assessment Management System) What happens if my child does not meet the minimum EOC performance standard or if he/she barely meets it? 33

34 Additional Resources TEA STAAR Resources dent.assessment/staar/ 34

35 Your Questions 35


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