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1 State of Texas Assessments of Readiness Parent & Student Information November 27,

2 Presentation Contents What is STAAR? STAAR vs. TAKS Assessment Framework EOC Levels & Cut Scores Graduation Requirements Testing Procedures for December

3 What is STAAR? The State of Texas Assessments of Readiness (STAAR) are new assessments that will focus on increasing college readiness of high school students and help to ensure that Texas students are competitive with other students both nationally and internationally. 3

4 College readiness means the level of preparation a student must attain in English language arts and mathematics courses to enroll and succeed, without remediation, in an entry level general education course for credit in that same content area for a baccalaureate degree or associate degree program. (HB 3, Section a) 4

5 More rigorous Contains more test questions Course specific (EOC) 5

6 Four-hour time limit STAAR EOC assessment score will count 15% of final course grade 6

7 Students first enrolled in 9 th grade this year Grades 3 8 Reading Gr. 3 8 Math Gr. 3 8 Writing Gr. 4 & 7 Science Gr. 5 & 8 Soc. Studies Gr. 8 High School English Math Science Soc. Studies English I English II English III Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Biology Chemistry Physics World Geo. World Hist. U.S. History The high school level STAAR tests are COURSE tests, NOT grade level tests. 7

8 EOC Levels & Cut Scores Students must achieve at least the minimum score PERFORMANCE Below Minimum Score Level I: Unsatisfactory MINIMUM SCORE Proficient Score Level II: Satisfactory Minimum College Readiness 1200 Score Level III: Advanced 8

9 A cumulative score must be attained in each of the 4 content areas MATH 3,500 3,500 3, = 10,500 9

10 A cumulative score must be attained in each of the 4 content areas MATH First year 9 th grade student in = 3,000 and took EOC in middle school: 3,500 3,500 + = 7,000 10

11 (Toward Cumulative Score) Minimum Score must be met Does Not Count Counts Toward Cumulative Score Below Minimum Minimum Score or Higher Below Minimum Score Level I: Unsatisfactory MINIMUM SCORE Proficient Score Level II: Satisfactory College Readiness Score Level III: Advanced 11

12 What if I met the minimum score? Meeting the minimum score does give you those points for a cumulative score Retest is highly recommended as you are behind on points 9 th Grade Year, you should score as many points as possible because the difficulty of the test increases each year. The highest score you have will be what is used to calculate the cumulative score (in other words, you will not lose your scores if you retest and you score lower) 12

13 Transfer Students For students who transfer to a school in Texas from another state, testing is not required if the student received credit for a course This is determined based Student received credit for English I and will not take English I Writing and Reading tests. on your transcripts from If a student attempted but did not receive half or full credit and will earn that credit at a school in Texas will have to test in that subject your previous school! Student received half credit in Algebra I in California and will earn the other half in Texas; will need to test in Algebra I EOC If a student has not attempted a course and they are in that course for the school year, they will test in the Spring. Student did not take Biology in Louisiana but is currently enrolled in the course; will test in the Spring. 13

14 A cumulative score must be attained in each of the 4 content areas MATH First year 9 th grade student in and + + = 3,000 meets minimum score in all tests: 3,371 3,362 3, = 10,083 14

15 Minimum Recommended Distinguished Achievement IMPORTANT: Graduate on Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Plan, if at all possible. Implications for admission into 4 year public universities if graduating on Minimum Plan. ( and athletic scholarships at stake, too, if graduating on Minimum Plan.) 15

16 TEA GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS HANDOUT 16

17 Take STAAR EOC assessments for courses in which they are enrolled and which an EOC assessment exists (8 12 tests) Meet cumulative score requirement in each of the four core content areas for courses specifically required on the MHSP 17

18 Take all 12 STAAR EOC Assessments Meet cumulative score in each of the four content areas Achieve LEVEL II: Satisfactory on English III Algebra II Level I: Unsatisfactory MINIMUM SCORE Level II: Satisfactory Level III: Advanced 18

19 Take all 12 STAAR EOC Assessments Meet cumulative score in each of the four content areas Achieve LEVEL III: Advanced on English III Algebra II Level I: Unsatisfactory MINIMUM SCORE Level II: Satisfactory Level III: Advanced 19

20 Retake REQUIRED Does Not Count Toward EOC Cumulative Score Below Minimum Student must achieve the minimum score or higher on each EOC exam. Counts Toward Cumulative Score No Retake Required Below Minimum Score Proficient Score College Readiness Score Level I: Unsatisfactory MINIMUM SCORE Level II: Satisfactory Level III: Advanced 20

21 WHO RETAKES EOC? If minimum score, MUST retake exam If sa sfactory but > than minimum score, MAY retake exam (if warranted) If no credit for course MAY retake (if warranted) Level I: Level II: If > Unsatisfactory (to Satisfactory increase cumulative score) MAY take at any point MINIMUM SCORE 21

22 December 2012 Retakes for EOC The STAAR EOC Retakes for December will be on the following dates: December 3 English I Writing December 4 English I Reading December 10 Algebra/Geometry December 11 World Geography/World History December 12 Biology 22

23 To test or not to test Student who did not meet the minimum score are required to retest. If you have met the minimum score on any EOC exam, it is highly recommended that you retake that exam to obtain a higher score. The state takes the higher score overall if the score is lower it won t matter. If you choose not to test, you and your parent will need to obtain and have a waiver signed prior to testing (available in the front office). Return this form to the front office ASAP. 23

24 Testing Procedure If you have been notified you need to test, you will need to check the library windows to find your testing room the morning of testing. You will need to report to your assigned room before 8:45 am with your student ID. Please leave all person items (books, bags, electronic devices, etc) at home, in your locker, or in your car until testing is done. If you bring personal items, you are required to turn them in to the test administrator upon entering the testing room. If you are caught with an electronic device, you will be dismissed from testing and your test will be voided. Once you have finished testing, you will be release to go to class. Report immediately to that class. 24

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