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TEX. PARENTS TO SEE THEIR CHILD’S STAAR TEST QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Jun 12, 2019 by

“Texas Parents To See Their Child’s STAAR Test Questions and Answers — Latest Comments from Ed. Comm. Morath to SBOE”

By Donna Garner

6.12.19

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER — Texas parents (and teachers) can now log into a parent-access portal, view their children’s STAAR test questions and their answers, read the rationale behind each STAAR test question, see the TEKS element(s) to which each question is tied, and see summer learning resources that will help their children gain stronger knowledge and skills to help plug any learning gaps that may exist.

Teachers can also see the tests of students they had in their classes and can build teaching units for the upcoming school year that focus on weak academic areas.

Texas Commissioner Morath and the Texas Education Agency are working very hard to individualize learning, and this portal gives opportunities over the summer to engage students for a few minutes each day in worth-while learning activities.

For the first time ever, the entire portal is accessible fully in Spanish at the click of a button.  

Please go to this TEA link to learn how to enter the portal:https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTEA/bulletins/24a6ee1

LATEST NEWS FROM COMM. MORATH – TODAY’S TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

I just listened to Tex. Comm. of Education Mike Morath’s remarks before the Texas State Board of Education. Among many significant changes that the newly signed Tex. HB 3 will make to Texas education is that in the coming three years, the STAAR tests will transition into including ELAR/TEKS writing elements on the STAAR tests for Grades 3 through 8.  Previously only Grades 4 and 7 were tested over the writing elements. (ELAR — English / Language Arts / Reading)  (TEKS — Texas curriculum standards)

The new ELAR/TEKS for Grades K – 8 are to be implemented this coming fall into all ISD and charter schools with implementation for Grades 9 – 12 set for the fall of 2020.

EXCITING CHANGES COMING FROM HB 3

Comm. Morath said Tex. HB 3 contains very exciting changes to Texas education, one of which is that the bill requires teachers to use systematic, direct instruction of phonics in K –  3.  The bill also requires all teachers and principals in K – 3 to attend a teacher literacy achievement academy where they will be instructed in the scientific study of reading [i.e., phonemic awareness/decoding skills/phonics]. 

All applicants who get their teaching certificates for Pre-K through Grade 6 after Jan. 1, 2021 must demonstrate mastery on a certification exam (any class of certificate) of the scientific study of reading. 

Over the next three years, all Pre-K through Grade 6 teachers and principals will be required to attend the reading academies with the first one launching on July 8, 2019.  Comm. Morath said a goal has been set to train 40,000 attendees by the end of three years. This extensive scientific reading training will occur periodically throughout the school years and over the summers. 

ACT AND SAT CANNOT BE USED AS ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS

Comm. Morath also explained that because Texas has ELAR curriculum standards that have integrated components, the ACT and the SAT cannot be used as assessment instruments to satisfy ESSA (the federal law that replaced NCLB) since Texas’ ELAR/TEKS are not aligned with the ACT/SAT.  

WRITING TO BE ASSESSED GRADES 3 – 12

The STAAR/End-of-Course tests are closely aligned with the TEKS and, therefore, have been partially satisfying the ESSA requirements. However, once Texas starts testing the new ELAR/TEKS writing elements all the way from Grades 3 through 12 on the STAAR/EOC tests, the mandates of ESSA will be more closely met.]

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