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Monday, October 10, 2011

Student Testing Update - STAAR/EOC

New state testing begins this school year with the implementation of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR The standardized testing program includes tests for students in grades 3–12.

Mansfield ISD will use this blog, the MISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability website, as well as information at the campuses to keep parents informed of the changes in student testing.

About STAAR (3-8)
Texas is phasing in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams which will test the same subject areas as the TAKS tests. STAAR testing will begin in March 2012 on these subjects:
  • Grades 3 through 8: reading and math
  • Grades 4 and 7: writing
  • Grades 5 and 8: science
  • Grade 8: social studies
End Of Course
Ninth grade in the 2011–2012 school year will be the first class required to take STAAR End Of Course (EOC) assessments. The 12 EOC assessments are:
  • English I, English II, English III
  • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • World Geography, World History, and U.S. History
The test will have three levels of proficiency. Level 1 is for unsatisfactory academic performance, level 2 for satisfactory performance and level 3 for advanced academic performance. State accountability ratings, which will be based largely on STAAR results, have been suspended for the 2011-12 school year.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Additional Resources:

STAAR - A guide to the High School Testing Program

STAAR - A parent’s guide to the student testing program

Wondering what the STAAR and End of Course exam questions will look like? 
Wonder no more, see the STAAR Released Test Questions.

On Tuesday, February 28, the Mansfield ISD school board voted to amend the grading guidelines so that the End-of-Course assessments are not calculated in the final course averages for this 2011-2012 school year.