MIDDLE SCHOOL TESTING
Middle School students will participate in the following assessments under the STAAR Program:
Grade 6: Reading and Math
Grade 7: Reading, Math, and Writing
Grade 8: Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies
Grade 8: Algebra I EOC* (Students not scoring at Level II will retake the Algebra I EOC in high school until they reach Level II - it does not impact their credit for the course.)
The New STAAR Test Performance Levels, as can be 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 school year."
- "Approaches Grade Level:" This means your student has "Some knowledge of course content , but may be missing critical elements and needs additional support in the coming shcool yeat."
- "Meets Grade Level:" This means your student has "Strong knowledge of course content and is prepared to progress to the next grade level."
- "Masters Grade Level:" This means your student has shown "Mastery of 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 & 2 has 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;
All cell phones and electronic devices 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 test for both grades 5 and 8 in May for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have further questions, please contact the campus principal or the campus testing coordinator.
Parent Guides to the Student Success Initiative at Grades 5 & 8: