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MISD April STAAR Testing

April 13, 2014

Once again, we are approaching the end of April and beginning of May with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing across grades 3 through 8.  Teachers have been leading students through the readiness standards and supporting standards to be fully prepared for the exams.  All exams for these dates are timed at four hours.  In order for students to be at their best, they should be sure to get a good night’s rest and a good breakfast the morning of the test.  These test results apply towards the overall accountability of the campus and district.  All students are tested, as there are no longer any waivers or exemptions for students in the state.  This includes all general education, special education and English Language Learners.  Students may reach either Level III, Level II, or Level I, with their scores. 

Level III is Advanced Academic Performance.  Students performing at this level are well prepared for the next grade or course, demonstrate the ability to think critically and have demonstrated an ability to apply their assessed knowledge and skills in varied ways, both familiar and unfamiliar.  A student reaching Level III is expected to have a high likelihood of success in their next grade or course with little or no academic intervention. 

Level II is Satisfactory Academic Performance.  Students performing at this level are sufficiently prepared for the next grade or course, and generally demonstrate the ability to think critically.  Level II scores indicate that a student can generally demonstrate the ability to apply their assessed knowledge and skills in familiar ways.  They have reasonable likelihood of success in the next grade or course, possibly needing short-term or targeted academic intervention.

Level I is Unsatisfactory Academic Performance.  Students performing at this level are by the state policy definition inadequately prepared for the next grade or course.  At the time of testing they do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills and are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant ongoing academic intervention. 

In order to support student success on STAAR, students have been taught the academic vocabulary unique to each content area along with reinforcement of the connections between different content areas including math/science, reading/writing, reading/science, reading/social studies, writing/science, and writing/social studies.  Teachers have conducted benchmark tests along the way to assess instruction in a formative way, and finally, students have been instructed in test-taking strategies, especially given the 4-hour time limit. 

All students in the State of Texas will follow this testing calendar for the following core areas:

April 22nd – Math for grades 3, 4, 6 & 7, Social Studies for grade 8

April 23rd – Reading for grades 3, 4, 6, & 7, Science for grades 5 & 8

We want to wish all of the elementary and middle school students the very best as they work to SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW on STAAR!!

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