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Through the success of Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR), the state has identified the value of developing a universal screener for grades 2-4 that aligns with algebra-readiness knowledge and skills identified through the revised Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points.
ESTAR is the latest initiative within the Texas Algebra Ready (TXAR) framework to support elementary students in Texas. ESTAR is designed to improve overall mathematics instruction and achievement in order to reduce the percentage of students who need math intervention in the elementary grades. The content of the universal screener will be organized around foundational, bridging, and target knowledge and skill levels while representing procedural understanding, conceptual understanding, strategic competence, and adaptive reasoning levels of cognitive complexity.
We are seeking teachers, schools, and districts to participate in the ESTAR Universal Screener Pilot study, which will validate the assessment items. We are specifically requesting volunteers from grades 2-5. Pilot results will not be available to participants, however this pilot is a critical step in the launch of this important and useful tool.
We anticipate conducting the pilot from May 20 – June 6.
The Pilot consists of approximately 30 questions in an online format. Most students will require one class period to complete the assessment, but may complete it in multiple sessions. Students participating in the pilot will be assigned generic usernames and passwords. In addition to administering the assessment, teachers will be asked to voluntarily provide a limited amount of demographic information that will enhance the validation of ESTAR.
Please contact Region 10 Educational Service Center at
firstname.lastname@example.org by April 19 to participate.
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