Hey there, it’s Angela from Custom Classroom, and I’m here to help you navigate the changes in the STAAR test. We’ll discuss what’s different in STAAR 2.0, the importance of studying sample responses, having a strategy, and maintaining a positive mindset. By the end of this post, you’ll be well-prepared to ace the test.
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What’s Different in the 2023 STAR Test:
Understanding the STAAR changes is the first step to success. While change can be daunting, it becomes less intimidating when you know what to expect. The good news is that multiple-choice questions remain a constant. However, here’s what’s new:
- Multi-Part Questions: You’ll encounter a new type with two parts (A and B). This will challenge your ability to handle different aspects of a question.
- Multi-Select Questions: You’ll need to select more than one correct answer. This tests your comprehensive knowledge of the topic.
- Inline Choice: Some questions will require you to click on a drop-down menu and select a word or phrase as your answer.
- Short Constructed Response: These require brief answers with supporting evidence from the text. Practice writing concise but insightful responses.
- Extended Constructed Response: These questions demand more in-depth answers backed by ample text evidence. You can learn more here.
- Hot Text (Grade 3-5): Selecting evidence from the text is exclusive to these grade levels.
- Text Entry (Grade 6-8, English 1 and 2): You’ll have to fill in the blank with the appropriate word or phrase.
- Match Table Grid (Grade 8, English 1 and 2): In this type, you select answers from a table.
Getting familiar with these new STAAR 2.0 item types is crucial. If you want to learn more about each type and how to prepare for them, check out my video on the subject.
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Studying STAAR Sample Responses:
Now, let’s dive into studying sample responses. TEA (Texas Education Agency) provides scoring guides (Here’s how to find them) for different grade levels, offering examples and explanations. They’ll show you precisely how responses are scored, which is invaluable for both students and teachers.
For short constructed responses (SCR), understand why a response scored a 2 instead of a 1 or 0. For extended constructed responses, explore the example student responses across all score ranges. This insight helps you know what graders are looking for.
It’s crucial to practice and familiarize yourself with what’s expected in your written responses. I’ve created videos explaining the best ways to meet these expectations, so be sure to check them out.
One key tip for written responses: Don’t leave them for the end. This test is lengthy, and you’ll be exhausted by the time you reach the writing section. Answer questions as you encounter them within the exam.
Having a Strategy:
Approach the STAAR test day with a plan in mind. Don’t just wing it and answer questions as they come. Trust the strategies and tips your teachers have provided throughout the year. Whether it’s using online platform tools or taking effective notes, these strategies are essential for your success.
I’ve also created videos on how to use the computer tools effectively, so if you’re looking for some guidance, check those out too.
Lastly, maintain a positive outlook. It’s easy to be negative when things change, but if you enter the day with a positive perspective, knowing you’ve prepared all year and have the resources and tools to succeed, it can make a world of difference.
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You’ve got this! Believe in yourself and your abilities. Trust in what you’ve accomplished so far, and carry that positivity with you into the test. Visualize success, and your mind will be open and ready to showcase your knowledge.
In conclusion, you’re well-equipped to tackle the STAAR changes. Change is just an opportunity to shine, and with preparation, a positive mindset, and the right strategies, you’ll do great.
Good luck, and remember, you’ve got this!
If you want to learn more, check out my other videos on the new STAAR test.