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Breaking down the STAAR test

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April 10, 2013 | 2,586 views | 13 comments

By Alyssa Alsobrook

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in the spring of 2012. At grades 3-8 the STAAR will test the same subjects and grades that were done in TAKS. However, in high school there will be 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history. Basically what this entails is that a child, from third grade through 11th grade, would be required to take 45 total tests in order to graduate. My first impression of this is how ludicrous is that to expect students to take 45 tests over the course of elementary, junior high, and high school? . . .

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
May 9, 2013 10:56am
Is "Facts only please" what we used to refer to as a "fourth degree dumbass"?

Facts only please  
May 9, 2013 8:34am
Beji: I figure you need help on this subject. Try reading this article from a well known university.

Facts only please  
May 9, 2013 8:29am
Beji: The facts are facts. Spend some time to look up what plagiarism is and how to properly cite other author's works. Who cares about me and what I may or may not have, it is not about me, just the facts.

Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
May 9, 2013 6:11am
Considering the entire body of contributions from Facts, I find it humorous that Facts claims to have 4 degrees and teaches at the collegiate level.. or that others just accepted it as 'fact' in a forum where everything is... More ›

May 9, 2013 5:25am
Newguyntown. About....Facts Only Please....Maybe that old saying "Those that can't, teach." applies. I have no idea who to cite as a source for that saying. I plead guilty to plagiarism. :) I guess that I could... More ›

May 8, 2013 4:56pm
Facts only Please.....You neglected to identify the portion of the article that you referenced. Do you attribute that to an incomplete education or to just being absent minded ? I will pay closer attention to your comments... More ›

Fatima Ortiz  
May 8, 2013 4:21pm
I am a life skills teacher and my students have different disabilities and yet are required to take the STAAR-ALT. A more hands on and indivilualized assessement. However, the test has become overwhelming, making 6th graders... More ›

May 8, 2013 3:57pm
" facts only" seems to be the perfect example of todays college professors....with four degrees you are doing society a disservice by limiting yourself to the academic arena. Nan, by the way, great response.

Facts only please  
May 8, 2013 1:26pm
PRAIRIE/Editor: I only used the second paragraph to check for plagiarism. Alyssa did not cite anything in this paragraph other than someone should go to a website and thus plagiarised from someone's else written article.... More ›

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
May 8, 2013 12:10pm
Thank you, Prairie Grouch. You are correct in that Alyssa cited her source and properly attributed the TEA site, using some quotes. Facts Only, thank you for your discerning eye, that noted much of the article relies on material... More ›

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