ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TESTING
Elementary students will participate in the following assessments under the STAAR Program:
Grade 3: Reading and Math
Grade 4: Reading, Math, and Writing
Grade 5: Reading, Math, and Science
Student Performance:The New STAAR Test Performance Levels, as found on the front page of the student report card are as follows:
- "Do Not Meet Grade Level": This means your student has "No basic understanding of course expectations and may need significant support in the coming year."
- "Approaches Grade Level": This means your student has "Some knowledge of the course content, but may be missing critical elements and needs additional support in the coming year."
- "Meets Grade Level": This means your student has "Strong knowledge of course content and is prepared to progress to the next greade level."
- "Masters Grade Level": This means your student has shown "Mastery of the course knowledge and skills, and the student is on-track for college and career readiness."
TEA established a four (4) hour time limit for both STAAR grades 3-8 assessments and STAAR EOC assessments. (ENG 1 & ENG 2 EOC Assessments have a 5 hr. time limit.)
TEA notes that a four hour time limit should provide sufficient time for the majority of students to complete the test. The rationale for time limits aligns Texas testing practices with other timed state and national assessments, i.e. SAT, ACT and AP examinations. Extended time accommodations for students with unique learning needs will continue to be offered.
CISD Electronic Device Policy:
T.E.A. has directed the Local Education Agencies to develop an electronic device policy, as outlined in the 2018 Test Security Supplement. In order to comply with this directive, CISD has instituted the following Electronic Device Policy, to be used during testing administrations;
All cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited during testing sessions, and should not be available for use by the student. The student's test may receive a "Do Not Score" label if the device is visible or heard during the test administration. If the Test Administrator observes the device, it may be confiscated and reported to the District Testing Coordinator and the Campus Administrator for further action. The campus/district is not responsible for the loss or damage to phones or electronic devices brought into the testing environment. The safest place for devices on testing days is at home. Thank you for your cooperation.
Impact on Grade Advancement:
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math tests to be promoted to the next grade. There will be one additional administration of the reading and math tests for both grades 5 and 8 on May 15th of the 2017-2018 school year. If you have further questions, please contact your campus principal or your campus testing coordinator.
Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative at Grades 5 & 8