STAAR Quickly Approaching for Students

STAAR Quickly Approaching for Students
Posted on 04/28/2022
STAAR Quickly Approaching for Students

Castleberry ISD students in grades 3-12 will take important state mandated State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and End-of-Course (EOC) assessments throughout the month of May.

STAAR is the state’s testing program and is based on state curriculum standards in core subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. STAAR tests are designed to measure what students are learning in each grade and whether or not they are ready for the next grade. The goal is to ensure that all students receive what they need to be academically successful.

The STAAR EOC assessments measure students’ academic performance in core high school courses (Algebra I, English I, English II, biology, U.S. history). These assessments became part of the graduation requirements beginning with the freshman class of 2011–2012. Algebra II and English III will be available in spring 2018 for districts to administer as optional assessments. Per state graduation requirements, students are required to take the STAAR EOC assessments for courses in which they’re enrolled.

Castleberry ISD teachers, and instructional professionals strive to meet students’ academic needs in the classroom everyday while at school. Many students have devoted additional time outside the regular school day and participated in the PACE Saturday program. The district’s students, teachers, and administrators have worked hard throughout the school year to ensure Castleberry ISD students have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful on the test.

STAAR tests will be taken online this year. Please ensure your child brings their charged laptop , headphones (plug in only), and charger to school on test days.

Please help your child have a smooth test administration by keeping the following information in mind on STAAR testing dates.

  • Ensure your child gets a full night’s sleep before each scheduled test.
  • Limit late arrivals, early releases, and absences on test days to emergency situations only. Once a student begins the test, they are required to finish the test.
  • Have your child eat a good breakfast with protein either at home or arrive early to school to eat the free breakfast that is available in each cafeteria.
  • Express your confidence in your child’s ability to do well and gently encourage them to do their best.
  • Avoid pressure in the form of threats and rewards associated with test results and try not to make comparisons to the performance of siblings or peers.
  • Set realistic performance expectations and encourage your child to do their best.

Just as a reminder, all electronic devices (including smart watches, cell phones, headphones, etc.) will be collected by the classroom testing proctor before distributing the tests. These devices will be stored safely throughout the duration of the test administration and will not be released back to the student until a campus announcement is made allowing proctors to do so. The district appreciates your cooperation with this testing requirement.

To learn more about the STAAR testing by Texas Education Agency, the All About the STAAR Test TEA webpage.

Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping your child(ren) be successful. The district’s testing schedule is outlined below.

Tuesday, May 3

(CHS) Algebra I EOC
(REACH) Biology EOC

Wednesday, May 4

(CHS + REACH) U.S. History EOC

Thursday, May 5

(CHS) Biology EOC
(REACH) Algebra I EOC
(IMMS) Grade 8 Science

Friday, May 6

(IMMS) Grade 8 Social Studies

Tuesday, May 10

Grade 8 Algebra I EOC
Grades 3-8 Math

Wednesday, May 11

Grades 3-8 Reading

Thursday, May 12

Grade 5 Science