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1 Sunnyvale ISD Parent Training March 21, 2013 Christi Morgan, Director of Student Services Erica Lawless, Director of Special Education

2 Districts haven’t seen the STAAR tests yet. Texas Education Agency TRUE But... we haven’t ever seen the tests before they’re administered. Sample tests will be released this summer.

3 We’ll receive student results before the end of the school year. Texas Education Agency TRUE According to the TEA calendar of events, districts and parents will be notified by May 31, 2013.

4 Test prep materials have been proven to increase scores on STAAR. Texas Education Agency FALSE No product has been shown to increase scores on STAAR because we only have one year of data. The only guaranteed preparation for success is strong instruction in the TEKS.

5 STAAR is going to be really, really hard. Texas Education Agency FALSE STAAR will be more rigorous than TAKS, but content is 100% tied to the required curriculum, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

6 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 Texas Education Agency

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10 What is the passing score?  Different scores for each subject/grade level  Students are held to the standard dependent upon the year they took their first test in each content area  Standards increase over the next few years  Phase-in 1: 2012 and 2013  Phase-in 2: 2014 and 2015  Recommended:  Level III: Advanced has been established and will not change

11 Student Score Summary Concepts Tested Passing Score = % Passing Score = % Level II Level III Note: Use this information to identify where your child needs help. Go to to find helpful lessons, flashcards, and practice.

12 Content- Specific Information

13 Reading & Writing Updates 13 Allowable space to write compositions and short- answer reading responses 26 lines for written compositions Dictionaries must be available to all students taking STAAR reading assessments at grades 6–8 and STAAR Writing in grade 7 4-hour time limit (especially as it relates to compositions and short-answer reading responses) Use of different type of scoring (adjacent) for written compositions

14 Reading Grade 3 Grade 5 Grade 8

15 4 th Grade Writing Assessment split evenly over two days Day 1 – First half of multiple-choice questions and first composition Day 2 – Second half of multiple-choice & second composition 7 th Grade Writing Assessment split evenly over two days Day 1 – All the multiple-choice questions and first composition Day 2 – Second and third compositions

16 Math and Science Paper tests will have blank space around test questions for students to make notes/perform calculations. Math tests will have graph paper embedded in the paper test booklets - perforated to tear out. Calculators will be provided for the Algebra I test. 75%-87% of math test questions will involve process skills. 43%-66% of science test questions will involve process skills. 16

17 Math Grade 4 Grade 6 Grade 8

18 Science Grade 5 Grade 8

19 Social Studies Updates Students will only be tested on grade- level or course instruction. (8 th grade) Items requier multi-step thinking and understanding, rather than memorization Students expected to recognize time- period specific language No negative stem items (not, except, etc.) Grade 8

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21 Optional Test Administration Procedures & Materials For ALL students... Includes some things that have been called testing accommodations in previous years (highlighters, scratch paper, etc.) Available to any student who needs them Not intended for every student in a class or disability category

22 Who can receive accommodations due to a disability? For purposes of statewide assessments, a student needing accommodations due to a disability includes... A student with an identified disability who receives special education services and meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations A student with an identified disability who receives Section 504 services and meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations A student with a disabling condition who does not receive special education or Section 504 services but meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations (extremely rare cases)

23  Changes to instructional materials, procedures, or techniques  Made on an individual basis and allow a student with a disability to participate in grade-level instruction and testing  Should be evaluated regularly to determine effectiveness  Not changes to the content being assessed  Should not replace the teaching of knowledge and skills as outlined in the TEKS  Not for a “group” of students What are Accommodations for Students with Disabilities? Have to be used Routinely, Independently, and Effectively...

24 What Accommodations are available?

25 What is STAAR Modified and who is it for? An alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards Different passing standard than STAAR Different test questions… based on STAAR For students receiving special education services who meet participation requirements Enrolled in grades 3-12

26 Fewer questions and answer choices  eliminate field test items and negative stems (not ?s)  reduce the number of writing prompts Simplified sentences, vocabulary, & grids Revised or extra words for clarification Deleted extra information Organized information differently How is STAAR-M Different?

27 TEA STAAR Parent Resources iRaider Parent U webpage

28 How can I help my child?  Discuss what your child learns each day  Review homework with them – discuss vocabulary and concepts  Use our on-line resources for an occasional review  Communicate with your child’s teacher  Remain calm  Make sure they are eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep  Assure them that you will be proud, as long as they do their best

29 Change is scary, but...we’ve done this before! We have amazing students, parents, and teachers in Sunnyvale! We are up for the challenge! And... your child’s future is not dependent upon successful test performance.


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