Archive for the ‘STAAR/EOC’ Category

Preparing for the Reading and Writing STAAR the Smart Way

AUTHOR: Janet Hester, Secondary ELAR Specialist Begin at the Beginning: The STAAR-Prep Dilemma What do we do when students enter our classrooms lacking confidence and fluency in writing? For many schools and districts in Texas, the attempted answer to this skills deficit has been to drill students on writing the STAAR tasks over and over again. […]

Prepare Ahead for STAAR and EOC Testing Accommodation Decisions

Author:  Judy Butler, Education Specialist, Dyslexia and 504   Parents and teachers prefer to provide for a student’s educational  needs without having to consider that the child may have a disability.  For many students with both mental and physical impairments, particularly within the elementary grades, referrals for Section 504 eligibility determination may be avoided or […]

Reflections from an EOC Parent, Part 3

Author:  Collections compiled from a team of Education Specialists   In each In-Sight newsletter this academic year, we feature a reflection from a parent of an “EOC student”.  Current 10th grade students have been the first to interact with the new EOC assessments and, as a result, we can learn from their experiences and those […]

Reflections from an EOC Parent, Part 1

Author:  Collections compiled from a team of Education Specialists Educators in the state of Texas have undergone quite a few transitions as of late, none-the-least of which was the implementation of STAAR, the new state assessment program.  STAAR arrived with its own unique set of acronyms, characteristics, rules, guidelines, training modules, passing labels and much […]

Understanding the Geometry STAAR EOC

Author: Emily Gray, Secondary Math Specialist As we enter our second year of STAAR EOC exams, many of our mathematics students and teachers will be faced with the challenge of an End-of-Course exam in Geometry.  While the Algebra exams are relatively easy to understand (nearly all of the Algebra I TEKS have been tested before, […]

STAAR Writing: A short story in 26 lines or less with an interesting plot and engaging characters…. REALLY??

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” A very short, short story by Ernest Hemingway I have a 9th grader (a boy no less)!  While some boys may enjoy “the inner music that words make,” mine does not.  So when I learned that he would have to write a short story, with an interesting plot and […]

STAAR ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA: STUDENT – CENTERED

The “Dyslexia Bundled Accommodations” will no longer be a term applicable to STAAR administration. Instead, students with dyslexia, dyslexia characteristics, and reading difficulties may be eligible for a wide range of accommodations on all conten…

Making Connections: Points of Instructional Integration and Skill Building

Our goal as educators is that our students grow into productive citizens with a wealth of skills to draw from. We want to foster learning so that students are critical thinkers and problem solvers who are able to make connections and apply their learni…

STAAR Resources

STAAR Resources As you begin the 2011-2012 school year it is important to learn how the new assessment system – the State of Texas Assessments for Academic Readiness or STAAR – will impact the students in your classroom. While we are still waiting …

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