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ELA State Assessment Grades 3-8

Submitted On: Monday, June 23, 2014

Analyst: Taylor, Valerie

For the third year, Texas has administered the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) in reading for Grades 3-8 and in writing for grades 4 and 7 during the spring semester. And for the third year in a row, the state results have remained relatively stable.

Reading

GRADE

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

Difference From 2012-2013

3

76%

79%

76%

- 3%

4

77%

72%

74%

+ 2%

5

77%

77%

76%

- 1%

6

75%

71%

77%

+ 6%

7

76%

77%

75%

- 2%

8

80%

84%

82%

- 2%

Writing

GRADE

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

Difference From 2012-2013

4

71%

71%

73%

+ 2%

7

71%

70%

70%

No Change

The State of Texas Commissioner of Education has pointed out that with the increased rigor of this assessment over the previous assessment, schools and school districts need to move away from “test preparation, fact memorization, and practice tests” and move toward more “emphasis on critical thinking skills” in order to improve performance on these assessments.

The reading assessment consists of multiple choice questions about selections from a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama.

The 4th and 7th grade writing assessments include multiple choice questions about revising and editing and two compositions (one personal narrative and one expository for 4th grade and one personal narrative with reflection and one expository for 7th grade). Both the 4th and 7th grade writing assessments take place over a two day period, with a four-hour testing time for each day. 

Academic Level

P12

State

Texas

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