# OVERVIEW OF STATE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM Fall 2011.ppt

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```					    Welcome Parents!
McNeil High School
9th Grade Parent Meeting
Fall 2011

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OVERVIEW OF STATE
ASSESSMENT
PROGRAM
Fall 2011

2   With slides and excerpts from TEA, Region XIII and lead4ward
TAKS ASSESSMENT VS.
STAAR ASSESSMENT
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STATE OF TEXAS ASSESSMENTS
(STAAR)
   STAAR EOC
   Twelve end-of-course (EOC) tests in the four
foundation content areas replace the current
high school TAKS tests
   STAAR Modified & STAAR Alternate
   Special Education students

   STAAR L
   English Language Learners

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…THE TEST
Math – Grades 3 – 8
Writing – Grades 4 and 7
Science – Grades 5 and 8
Social Studies – Grade 8

High School Courses
Math        English      Science    Social Studies
Algebra I    ELA I        Biology     World Geography
Geometry     ELA II       Chemistry   World History
Algebra II   ELA III      Physics     U.S. History
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STAAR PERFORMANCE LABELS

   Students are well prepared for next grade or
course. (Formerly Commended)
   Level II: Satisfactory Academic
Performance
   Students are sufficiently prepared for next
grade or course. (Formerly Pass)
   Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic
Performance
   Students are not adequately prepared for next
grade or course. (Formerly Fail)
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STAAR ASSESSMENT DESIGN

 Significantly more rigorous than TAKS
 More questions per test, more steps per
question
 More complex questions requiring students
to write in responses rather than selecting
from responses provided
 Measures student performance and
 Aligned to college and career readiness
standards
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TO ILLUSTRATE:
STAAR

TAKS

3. Chantelle won 9 or 15 games she played. At this rate, which of the following
is the best prediction of the number of tennis games she will win out of her next
12 games?
a.4                                                                                 8
b.7
c.11
d.6
TO ILLUSTRATE:
STAAR

TAKS

9. One example of a genetic variation within a bird species is individual
organisms having-
a.Beaks of different lengths
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b.Broken wings
c.Double-stranded DNA
d.Pairs of chromosomes

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EOC REQUIREMENTS FOR
 This   Year’s Entering 9th Graders Will
Be the First Class Using EOCs to
   Also, any student in middle school this year who is
enrolled in an EOC-tested subject will be required to
participate in the EOC assessment.

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REQUIREMENTS
Plan for phase-out of HS TAKS and phase-in of
EOC assessments
2010–11    2011–12    2012–13     2013–14    2014–15

GR 9      TAKS       EOC         EOC         EOC          EOC

GR 10     TAKS       TAKS        EOC         EOC          EOC

GR 11     TAKS       TAKS       TAKS         EOC          EOC

EOC
GR 12    TAKS*      TAKS*       TAKS*      TAKS*            Or
TAKS*   12

*Out-of-school testers and 12th grade retesters
EOC REQUIREMENTS FOR

 To graduate, a student must achieve a
cumulative score in each of the four subject
areas.
 The cumulative score is calculated as the
number of tests multiplied by the score that
indicates “Level II: Satisfactory Academic
Performance”
 However, the student must meet a minimum
score in order for the results to be eligible
for the cumulative score requirement
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EOC REQUIREMENTS FOR
   Students must reach at least the minimum
score in order for the points to count towards
the “cumulative” graduation requirement
   But, reaching just the minimum score on all 12
EOCs will not allow a student to graduate

PERFORMANCE
Minimum Score

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FOR EXAMPLE:
(NOTE: SCORES ARE FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY. TEA HAS NOT DETERMINED
THE ACTUAL SCALE SCORES TO BE USED.)

   If the “Level II: Satisfactory Academic
Performance” score on each of the three math
EOC tests happens to be 1000, then:

   The cumulative score would be calculated as:
3 x 1000

   The required cumulative score in math that the
student must earn in order to graduate would be:
3000

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   Option 1 – Minimum Graduation Plan
   Requires students to meet the cumulative score
requirement on EOC tests taken
   Option 2 – Recommended High School
Program
   Requires students to meet cumulative score
requirements and score at “Level II:
Satisfactory Academic Performance” on the
Algebra II and English III EOC assessments
   Option 3 – Distinguished Achievement
Program
   Requires students to meet cumulative score
requirements and score at “Level III: Advanced
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Academic Performance” on the Algebra II and
English III EOC assessments
EOC REQUIREMENTS FOR
   A student may also choose to retest in
order to meet the requirements of the
Recommended or Distinguished
graduation program (Algebra II and ELA
III standards)

   Students will have multiple opportunities
to retake the EOC test if they are
unsuccessful or if they would like to
improve their test score

   Tests will be given in the spring, summer
and fall                                    17
EOC AND COURSE SCENARIOS

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EOCS AND COURSE

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STAAR END-OF-COURSE
ASSESSMENTS
 Student’s score on the EOC assessment
must count 15% of the student’s final grade
for that course
 If, after inclusion of the 15% EOC score, the
student’s course grade is less than 70, the
student cannot be awarded credit for the
course
 Once course credit has been awarded, the
course grade will not be recalculated based
on EOC retest scores
 TEA has not yet released a conversion table
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of how scores will be calculated into 15%
STAAR END-OF-COURSE
ASSESSMENTS
   If a student does not meet the “minimum”
score on an EOC assessment, the student
must retest

   Student is not required to retake a course
as a condition of retaking the assessment
for that course as long as the student
received a passing grade for the course

   The district must provide accelerated
instruction to each student who fails to
reach the “Level II: Satisfactory            21
Performance” score
STAAR
IMPLEMENTATION

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STAAR PROCESS CHANGES

   Beginning with this year’s first-time 9th
graders, students will no longer be eligible
for exemption from semester exams or
finals in any course (core subjects or
elective courses)

   STAAR Writing (grades 4 and 7) and STAAR
EOCs in ELA I, ELA II, and ELA III will be
two-day tests

   ELA I, II, III will receive two distinct scores
for the reading and writing components.
Students who do not pass will only re-take
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the section(s) missed.
STAAR PROCESS CHANGES

   Incoming 9th graders who have already
completed an EOC-tested course (such as
Algebra I, Geometry) in middle school
 Are not required to take the EOC, and their
cumulative score requirements will be
reduced
 But are permitted to take the EOC, and
cumulative score use is optional

   Credit by exam students
   Will still be required to take EOC test
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STAAR PROCESSES
 The Social Studies test will be on-line allowing
us to get results back within 24-48 hours.
 ELA, Science and Math will be taken paper/
pencil. We expect those results early June.

   Testing Dates:
 English        March 26-27
 Science        May 8-9
 Math           May 10-11
 Soc. Studies   May 15-16 (On-line)
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CONCERNS
 Credit for 3 out of 4 EOC based classes will not
be awarded until early June
 We do not yet know what summer school will
look like or how quickly we will be able to notify
families of the need for it.
 We do not yet know how the 15% will be
implemented.
 Re-test dates:
 ELA:             July 9-10
 Math, Sci, SS:   July 11-13

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WHAT PARENTS CAN DO:
 Help us by getting your students in classes on
time and missing as little instructional time as
possible.
 Monitor student performance and attendance on
HAC
 Review online resources and tools.

 Test Nav

 Encourage students to attend tutorial sessions.

 Semester exams will help us identify students
who are in need of additional assistance.
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QUESTIONS?

   For more information, we suggest the following:

   Texas Education Agency - STAAR™ Resources

Region XIII Educational Service Center
 http://www5.esc13.net/staar/

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