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Racing to STAAR Success. Prairie View Elementary. TEST DATES. March 27 th 4 th Writing Day 1 5 th Math March 28 th 4 th Writing Day 2 5 th Reading April 24 th 3 rd -4 th Math April 25 th 3 rd -4 th Reading April 26 th 5 th Grade Science.
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Racing to STAAR Success Prairie View Elementary
TEST DATES • March 27th 4th Writing Day 1 • 5th Math • March 28th 4th Writing Day 2 • 5th Reading • April 24th 3rd-4th Math • April 25th 3rd-4th Reading • April 26th 5th Grade Science
STAAR Frequently Asked Questions http://www.txetests.com/FAQS/index.asp
Policy and Procedure Highlights Scheduling Test Sessions • Four-hour time limit policy and procedures • Extra time or extra day accommodation available only to • students who meet eligibility criteria • Testing should end by the close of the regular school day • (with exceptions for campuses testing more than one session) • Make-up Testing • Available for all grades, all subjects, and courses • Available for all administrations 4
Policy and Procedure Highlights • Reference Materials for Mathematics and Science • Consists of formulas, constants, conversions, periodic table, etc. • Are used for grades 3–8 mathematics, grade 8 science, Algebra I, • geometry, Algebra II, chemistry, and physics • Are not used for grade 5 science or biology • Will be embedded in the paper test booklets and perforated so • students can tear them out • May be printed from the TEA website and distributed to students to • use during paper and online testing 5
Policy and Procedure Highlights • Work Space for Mathematics and Science • Paper tests will have blank space around test questions for students • to make notes and perform calculations. • Math tests will have graph paper embedded in the paper test • booklets and perforated so students can tear it out. • Campuses may print copies of the graph paper from the TEA website • and distribute to students to use during testing. 6
STAAR Resources http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas Optional Test Administration and Procedures - May be provided to any student based on his or her needs - Student must have experience with the specific procedure or material - Must have been determined effective in meeting student needs - May not require students to use them - Not intended for every student 7
Optional Test Administration Procedures & Materials What procedures and materials are available to ALL students? • Includes some things that have been called testing accommodations in previous years • Related to best practices for instruction • Available to any student who needs them • Not intended for every student in a class or disability category • Not recorded on answer document • Available on test administration materials web pages as well as accommodation resources http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/
What procedures and materials are available to ALL students? • Allowed for any student NOT every student; test administrators should not distribute these materials on test day; make them available in front of room or ask students if they need it • No documentation required beyond what is necessary for planning on test day • However, a district could require documentation for certain students or for certain procedures/materials • Individual or small-group administration has moved back to a Type 1 accommodation
What procedures and materials are available to ALL students? • Reading assistance on grade 3 mathematics • Highlighters or colored pencils • Procedures or materials to minimize distractions (e.g., stress ball, noise-reducing headphones) • Reading test aloud to self (e.g., reading into a voice-feedback device or voice recorder) • Signing or translating test administration directions • Scratch paper or other workspace • Colored overlays • Magnifying devices • Blank place markers • Preferential seating
STAAR Performers Assessments for Students with Disabilities
What is STAAR Modified and who is it for? • An alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards • Different passing standard than STAAR • Different test questions… based on STAAR • For students receiving special education services who meet participation requirements • For the 2011-2012 school year, applies to students in grades 3-8 and entering grade 9 • Students repeating grade 9 and students currently in grades 10-12 are still held to the requirements of the TAKS program
Modification Guidelines • STAAR format with simplified reading selections, test questions, and answer choices by: • Reducing the number of questions tested and deleting one answer choice • Simplifying sentence structure, vocabulary, digits, and grid for griddable questions (mathematics only) • Revising or adding context for clarification • Examples: pre-reading text in reading and writing, definitions, formulas and/or conversions
Deleting extraneous information • Examples: reduce number of variables/steps/operations, delete one part of compound answer choices • Organizing information differently • Examples: chunk (separate into parts) reading and editing selections, bulleting information, additional spacing
Or… delete certain things from STAAR so that they are not tested on STAAR Modified • Delete “not” or “except” questions • Delete griddable questions (science tests only) • Students will be assessed with only one type of writing prompt in each tested grade (writing tests only) • Student compositions are scored on a three-point rubric (writing tests only)
Separate paired STAAR reading selections (test as single selections that are not thematically linked) and delete all thematically-linked crossover questions (reading tests only) • Student expectations in Reporting Category 1 associated with making connections across texts are not tested on STAAR Modified • Only vocabulary will be tested in Reporting Category 1 for STAAR Modified
Will test administrators be allowed to read any word in the selection that they already read in the pre-reading text like in TAKS-M? No. This is a difference between TAKS-M and STAAR Modified reading tests. • Test administrators (TA) may read the pre-reading text to students but may not read anything in the reading selection. • The TA must read aloud the pre-reading text and may read the test questions and answer choices if the student is eligible for an oral administration. • Test administration directions will explain that the TA can read the pre-reading text as many times as necessary, as long as it is prior to the students reading the selections.
Will poetry and drama selections be chunked on STAAR Modified reading tests? Poetry selections will NOT be separated into parts. Drama selections WILL be separated into parts, usually according to the number of scenes.
Will students taking STAAR Modified have four hours to test or will they get extra time? • Students taking STAAR Modified will have four hours to test just like students taking STAAR • The accommodations of extra time will be available to those students taking STAAR Modified who meet the eligibility criteria for the Extra Time (XT) Accommodation.
Available Resources What resources are available to help with STAAR Modified? http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staarm/
What are Accommodations for Students with Disabilities? • Are changes to instructional materials, procedures, or techniques that are made on an individual basis and allow a student with a disability to participate in grade-level or course instruction and testing • Should be evaluated regularly to determine effectiveness and to help plan for accommodations the student will need each year • Are not changes to the content being assessed and should not replace the teaching of subject-specific knowledge and skills as outlined in the TEKS • Should not be provided to an entire group of students, such as those in the same class or disability
Who are students with disabilities making them potentially eligible for accommodations? • Applies to students taking STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR Modified, STAAR L, and TELPAS • For purposes of statewide assessments, a student needing accommodations due to a disability includes • A student with an identified disability who receives special education services and meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations • A student with an identified disability who receives Section 504 services and meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations • A student with a disabling condition who does not receive special education or Section 504 services but meets established eligibility criteria for certain accommodations
Who has the authority for decision and documentation? • Special education services: the ARD committee; IEP • Section 504 services: the 504 placement committee; IAP • No special education or Section 504 services: the appropriate team of people at the campus level; documentation determined at local level • Response to Intervention (RTI) team and student assistance team are just examples • This applies to a small group of students
1 What are Type 1 Accommodations? • For students with a specific need • One eligibility criterion: • Student must routinely, independently (when applicable), and effectively use the accommodation during classroom instruction and testing (RIE)
What does Routinely, Independently, and Effectively mean? • Routinely • Used often enough that student is familiar and comfortable using accommodation on a statewide assessment • Not necessarily used every day • Independently • Only applicable to some accommodations (e.g., applies to use of a calculator but not to an oral administration) • Effectively • Accommodation meets student needs as evidenced by scores and observations with or without accommodation use
2 What are Type 2 Accommodations? • Two or more eligibility criteria, including: • Student must routinely, independently (when applicable), and effectively use the accommodation during classroom instruction and testing • Additional criteria based on specific student needs
3 What are Type 3 Accommodations? • For a very small number of students • Student must meet all eligibility criteria listed • Appropriate team of people at campus level determines eligibility for listed accommodations or “other” accommodations not listed in the triangle • AND submits an ARF to TEA
3 What are Type 3 Accommodations? • Requires an approved ARF because Type 3 accommodations involve a test administrator handling or manipulating secure test materials or student responses in ways that could compromise test security, confidentiality, and/or student results. • TEA provides specific guidelines with an approved ARF in order to ensurethat Type 3 accommodations arecarried out in a standardized manner.
This type of PDF document opens when the link to an accommodation in the triangle is clicked.
This section provides a general description of the accommodation and who may need it. The statewide assessments that the accommodation may be used on are listed in this section. This section lists the specific criteria that a student must meet in order to use the accommodation. • The checkboxes are provided for possible documentation.
This section lists the campus personnel and the requireddocumentation necessary for making accommodation decisions. This section also explains what to record on the student answer document. This section states if an Accommodation Request Form is/is not required. This section lists examples and types of the accommodation that may be used on a statewide assessment.
This section provides detailed information that is integral to the appropriate use of each accommodation. For instance, the section may include test administration instructions, security precautions, and training requirements. The intent of this section is to assist districts in making accommodation decisions. It will be updated as needed based on educator feedback. This section will not be included on all accommodations.
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpashttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas Click this link to see all resources for accommodations for students with disabilities Handout
Available Resources http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/#triangle What resources are available to help with Accommodations for Students with Disabilities? This webpage takes the place of TEA’s annually published accommodations manual. As policies and documents are finalized, they are posted as separate links. The date shown on each document indicate when the document was last revised. Be sure to reference the Accommodations Triangle when making accommodation decisions as there have been updates since the first postings.
Linguistic AccommodationsSTAAR *Dictionary access to be provided for all students in grade 6 and up as part of STAAR dictionary policy
Linguistic Accommodation Resources Test administrator manuals no longer have detailed information about linguistic accommodations Guide called Linguistic Accommodations for ELLs Participating in the STAAR Program available on Accommodation Resources webpage is principal source of information http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/
Extra Time (Same Day) as a Linguistic Accommodation Permitted for any ELL on any test if ELL meets eligibility criteria as determined by LPAC Not “automatic” Eligibility criteria in linguistic accommodation section of Accommodation Resources page Extra time within regularly scheduled school day only Schools with both morning and afternoon 4-hour test sessions must include these students in morning session
STAAR L Planning for Test Administrators Individual or small group administrations necessary Test administrators respond to student requests for reading text aloud and clarifying word meaning Test administrators who provide clarification of word meaning should be ― familiar with the subject matter assessed and linguistic needs of the students, and work routinely with the students in assisting with or delivering instruction
Helping ELLs Understand Test Directions For all tests, ELLs may be helped to understand “SAY” directions and test booklet directions that introduce test sections or item formats. TA is allowed to: paraphrase translate repeat read directions aloud TA is notallowed to add directions that are substantively different (no pointers, no test-taking strategies, etc.) STAAR tests have no sample items; familiarize new ELLs with item formats ahead of time using released items on TEA website
New to Test Security • Student Cheating • determined by districts • IF cheating determined, district MUST invalidate (“other”) the test • report discipline taken locally through the Locally Determined Disciplinary Action Form (online) • http://www.txetests.com/DAF/index.asp 45