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Science STAAR Resources

Background Information

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will replace the Texas
Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) starting in the 2011-2012 school year.
  • The STAAR assessments will be more rigorous than the TAKS tests.
  • STAAR will measure college readiness.
  • STAAR covers grades 3 - 11.
  • STAAR includes 12 end-of-course assessments at high school.
    • Under the TAKS system, high school students had to pass only four exit-level
      tests to graduate, which did not count toward their course grades.
    • Under STAAR, first time high school freshmen in 2011-2012 will be required to
      take 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments in the core content areas – math, science,
      English and social studies. Fifteen percent of the EOC score will count toward the
      end of course grade for the corresponding class, which will be reported on the
      student's transcript. The other 85 percent will be determined from the classroom
      semester grades.

State of Texas Science Assessments

Elementary

The science assessments at Fifth Grade will emphasize the Fifth Grade curriculum standards
that best prepare students for the next grades; in addition, this assessment will include
curriculum standards from Grades 3 and 4 that support students’ success on future science
assessments. Blueprint documents provide a description of the assessment, including the
total number of items on the assessment and the number of questions from each state standard.
  1. Fifth Grade Assessed Curriculum: English | Spanish
  2. Fifth Grade Science Blueprint: English | Spanish
  3. Fifth Grade Sample Questions from TEA: English | Spanish
  4. Fifth Grade Science Performance Level Descriptors: English | Spanish

Middle School

The science assessments at Eighth Grade will emphasize the Eighth Grade curriculum
standards that best prepare students for Biology; in addition, this assessment will include
curriculum standards from Grades 6 and 7 that support students’ success on future science
assessments. Blueprint documents provide a description of the assessment, including the
total number of items on the assessment and the number of questions from each state
standard.
  1. Eighth Grade Assessed Curriculum
  2. Eighth Grade Science Blueprint
  3. Eighth Grade Sample Questions from TEA
  4. Eighth Grade Science Reference Materials
  5. Eighth Grade Science Performance Level Descriptors: English | Spanish

High School

On two of the science EOCs and all of the mathematics EOCs, STAAR will include a type of
open-ended question known as a griddable item. The purpose of griddable items is to allow
students to develop answers independently without being influenced by multiple-choice
answer choices. Blueprint documents provide a description of the assessment, including
the total number of items on the assessment and the number of questions from each state
standard.
  1. Biology EOC Assessed Curriculum
  2. Biology EOC Blueprint
  3. Biology EOC Sample Questions from TEA
  4. Biology Test Forms
  5. Biology Answer Forms
  6. Biology Sample Questions
  7. Biology Performance Level Descriptors: English | Spanish

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