Victoria Young Director of Reading, Writing, and Social Studies Assessments

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STATE OF TEXAS ASSESSMENTS OF ACADEMIC READINESS (STAAR) Grades 3−8 Reading Grades 4 and 7 Writing English I, II, and II I. Victoria Young Director of Reading, Writing, and Social Studies Assessments Texas Education Agency. STAAR Reading.
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STATE OF TEXAS ASSESSMENTS OF ACADEMIC READINESS (STAAR)Grades 3−8 ReadingGrades 4 and 7 WritingEnglish I, II, and III Victoria Young Director of Reading, Writing, and Social Studies Assessments Texas Education Agency STAAR Reading
  • STAAR reading assessments will emphasize students’ ability
  • to “go beyond” a literal understanding of what they read
  • to make connections within and across texts (“across texts” begins at grade 4 on STAAR but needs to begin much earlier instructionally)
  • to think critically/inferentially about different types of texts
  • STAAR Reading
  • STAAR reading assessments will emphasize students’ ability
  • to understand how to use text evidence to confirm the validity of their ideas (new on STAAR—understanding how text evidence works with poetry, drama, and persuasive pieces; e.g., text evidence for drama includes both dialogue and stage directions)
  • Student Success in Readingand on STAAR
  • Students must be provided in-depth instruction in all genres represented by the ELA/R TEKS
  • Students must learn to analyze both fiction and expository genres—the readiness genres—at elementary, middle, and high school
  • Instruction must emphasize critical/ inferential thinking rather than isolated skills
  • Students must be able to make connections between different genres and strands (and be able to “see” the thematic links)
  • Student Success in Readingand on STAAR
  • Students must understand the relationship between reading strategies and making meaning.
  • Students must learn to use reading strategies judiciously, especially given the 4-hour time limit.
  • CONTACT INFORMATION Victoria Young Director of Reading, Writing, and Social Studies Assessments Texas Education Agency 512-463-9536 [email protected]
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