Are Your Students Taking STAAR Online?

If so, it’s important that they familiarize themselves with the online testing environment and embedded tools. One great way to do this is to use the STAAR Online Features & Supports Checklist while completing the STAAR online tutorials and practice tests.

STAAR Online Features & Supports Checklist

It’s important to explicitly teach students how to use the features and supports available as part of the STAAR online assessment. This checklist breaks down the general navigation tools, accessibility features, and designated supports so you can target your students’ practice time and track their progress toward proficiency. The checklist can also be used to keep track of student preferences, such as the speed of the text-to-speech and color background. In addition to helping students, the checklist is a great tool for parents to learn about the STAAR online assessment. Parents can download the STAAR Online Testing Platform to their home computer and practice with their child.

STAAR Online Tutorials

The tutorials are the first step for students to learn about the online testing environment. The tutorials show students how to navigate through the test, respond to the different question types, and access the available tools. In addition, short videos illustrate how to use the various features and tools. Tutorials are available for various grades/subjects and courses.

STAAR Online Practice Tests

The practice tests are the second step for students to learn about the online testing environment. The practice tests are released STAAR test forms that have been previously administered. These tests provide students with an opportunity to interact with the test interface, respond to questions, and locate and use available tools. Practice tests are available for various grades/subjects and courses.

Resources

The STAAR Online Testing Platform operates through a secure browser that must be installed on a desktop or tablet in order to access the tutorials and practice tests. Links to the secure browsers are available at https://www.texasassessment.com/technology/.

The Educator Guide to Accessibility within the STAAR Program provides information about the features and supports that make the STAAR accessible to all students. The guide also includes specific examples of the online features and supports offered on STAAR online.

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

 

Register today for To Drill or Not to Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction!

Do your students struggle to learn math facts?

We know that by 6th grade (TEK 6.3D) students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently. In this workshop you will learn effective and efficient strategies for students to use in order to build automaticity of the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Teaching of strategies to recall basic facts builds flexible thinking in a student. Students with flexible thinking are able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System, a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Full-day attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. Half-day morning attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction. Half-day afternoon attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

Register Today!

Date: February 26, 2019

  • Full Day: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Half Day (Add/Sub): 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Half Day (Mult/Div): 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Price:

  • Full Day: $75.00
  • Half Day: $45.00

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Full Day: SP1940756
  • Half Day (Add/Sub): SP1940810
  • Half Day (Mult/Div): SP1940811

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

 

Are you looking for Supplemental Aids?

Are you looking for examples of supplemental aids to use in your classroom? You’re in luck! The Accommodation Central website now has downloadable supplemental aids in both a Teach and Test version for all of the TEA allowable supplemental aids. Examples include mnemonics, graphic organizers, math charts, and more!

Follow these steps to access the resources.

  1. Go to the Accommodation Central website.
  2. Type supplemental aids in the search box.
  3. Click on the entry for the type of supplemental aid you’re interested in.
  4. Scroll down until you see downloadable resources.
  5. Click on the link to download the supplemental aid example.

For more information about supplemental aids check out this video. In the video you will learn details about supplemental aids including:

  • The purpose of supplemental aids
  • Who can use supplemental aids on state assessments
  • Who determines eligibility to use supplemental aids
  • How to implement and individualize supplemental aids
  • Where to find more resources about supplemental aids

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

 

STAAR Stuff: Supplemental Aids for Science

What are supplemental aids?

Supplemental aids are paper-based resources that assist a student in recalling information and concepts taught in class.

Who can use supplemental aids?

To be eligible to use supplemental aids on a state assessment, the student needs to routinely, independently, and effectively use it during classroom instruction and classroom testing.

Check out this video highlighting the four types of supplemental aids eligible students can use on the science STAAR tests.

Where can I get more information about supplemental aids?

The TEA Supplemental Aids Policy Document has more information on supplemental aids, including determining eligibility and types for each subject area. Check out the Accommodation Central website to view a variety of supplemental aid downloadable examples.

AND . . .

If you’re looking for ways to meet the diverse needs of students in your science classroom then register today for the Science for All workshop!

In the workshop you will explore evidence-based instructional strategies designed to help all students, especially struggling learners, make progress toward success. You will also learn about accommodations and modifications, how to implement supplemental aids, and tips for helping students transfer their knowledge from instructional practices to the STAAR test. This day-long workshop is designed for all science teachers, but is particularly applicable to teachers of STAAR tested grades (grade 5, grade 8, and biology). You will participate in hands-on activities, small-group discussion, and will leave with ideas and strategies you can start using with your students right away!

Date: January 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $45.00

Register for Science for All in Ecampus by using course number SP1940797.

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Register today for Science for All!

Are you looking for ways to meet the diverse needs of students in your science classroom?

 

The Science for All workshop will explore evidence-based instructional strategies designed to help all students, especially struggling learners, make progress toward success. You will also learn about accommodations and modifications, how to implement supplemental aids, and tips for helping students transfer their knowledge from instructional practices to the STAAR test. This day-long workshop is designed for all science teachers, but is particularly applicable to teachers of STAAR tested grades (grade 5, grade 8, and biology). You will participate in hands-on activities, small-group discussion, and will leave with ideas and strategies you can start using with your students right away!

Date: January 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $45.00

Register for Science for All in Ecampus by using course number SP1940797.

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Improving Student Success in Math: FACTastic Video Series #4

How important is math fact fluency?

Math fact fluency is key to success in math at all levels. We know that by 6th grade students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently (TEK 6.3D). Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help students at any level become more fluent with their math facts.

Check out this classroom example of students using the FACTastic cards.

Making 10 is an important strategy that is already taught in most primary classrooms. In this video students use the FACTastic cards, 10-frames, and counters to help them visualize the partners of 10 as they work toward mastery of TEK 1.3D, apply basic fact strategies to add and subtract within 20, including making 10 and decomposing a number leading to a 10. Learning this strategy builds automaticity of addition and subtraction facts that have a sum of 10.

What is the FACTastic Math Strategy System?

The FACTastic Math Strategy System is a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help students acquire the flexible thinking they need to be able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

Want to learn more? Register today!

To learn more about how to use the FACTastic Math Strategy System in your classroom, register today for To Drill or Not To Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Improving Student Success in Math: FACTastic Video Series #3

How important is math fact fluency?

We know that by 6th grade students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently (TEK 6.3D). We also know that math fact fluency is key to success in math at all grades. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help your students become more fluent with their math facts.

Check out this classroom example of students using the FACTastic cards.

In this video students use the FACTastic cards to practice doubles plus one addition, which is helping them master TEK 1.3D, apply basic fact strategies to add and subtract within 20, including making 10 and decomposing a number leading to a 10. Using the FACTastic cards is a great way to increase student engagement and participation and to improve student academic success.

What is the FACTastic Math Strategy System?

The FACTastic Math Strategy System is a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help your students acquire the flexible thinking they need to be able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

Want to learn more? Register today!

To learn more about how to use the FACTastic Math Strategy System in your classroom, register today for To Drill or Not To Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

Stay tuned to the What’s So Special … blog for more videos featuring classroom examples of FACTastic in action!

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Improving Student Success in Math: FACTastic Video Series #2

Check out this classroom example of students using the FACTastic cards to learn 10 minus 1 addition. 

How quickly can you add nine to a number? In this video, the FACTastic cards are used to teach a strategy that helps students learn to flip their thinking of “9,” and are given a cool tool to succeed in their math fluency. The flexible thinking students gain by using these strategies enables them to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. Using the FACTastic cards is a great way to increase student engagement and participation and to improve student academic success.

Do your students struggle to learn math facts?

We know that by 6th grade (TEK 6.3D) students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System can help your students meet this goal. The FACTastic Math Strategy System is a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

Register Today!

To learn more about how to use the FACTastic Math Strategy System in your classroom, register today for To Drill or Not To Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

Stay tuned to the What’s So Special … blog for more videos featuring classroom examples of FACTastic in action!

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Improving Student Success in Math: FACTastic Video Series #1

Do your students struggle to learn math facts?

We know that by 6th grade (TEK 6.3D) students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently. Using the FACTastic Math Strategy System is a great way to meet this goal. The FACTastic Math Strategy System is a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. In addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

 

Classroom Example

Using the FACTastic cards is a great way to increase student engagement and participation and to improve student academic success. In this video, the FACTastic cards are used to teach 9s facts for multiplication and division. Students are able to easily master multiplying and dividing 9 by thinking of nine differently. The flexible thinking students gain by using these strategies enables them to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact.

 

Register Today!

To learn more about how to use the FACTastic Math Strategy System in your classroom, register today for To Drill or Not To Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

 

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

 

Stay tuned to the What’s So Special … blog for more videos

featuring classroom examples of FACTastic in action!

 

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

 

 

Register today for To Drill or Not to Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction!

Do your students struggle to learn math facts? In this workshop you will learn effective and efficient strategies for students to use in order to build automaticity of the addition and subtraction and multiplication and division facts. Teaching of strategies to recall basic facts builds flexible thinking in a student. Students with flexible thinking are able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. This workshop will also provide ideas for implementation of strategy instruction, progress monitoring tips, and engaging math practice ideas to build fluency.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System, a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

FACTastic helps students build a solid mathematical foundation that is critical for their success. In this video, the teacher uses FACTastic cards to get students to think differently about multiplying and dividing with six. Check it out!

Register today!

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.