Are the STAAR tests designed to assess what students have learned?
Are the STAAR Test Questions Correct? Do the STAAR Questions align with the TEKS? Are the STAAR Questions Tricky?
The STAAR tests are a one-size fits all assessment. Sadly student grades on the STAAR determine whether they pass or fail grades, courses or even graduate. Students can be on the honor roll and be failed because of failing the STAAR tests.
STAAR test grades become part of a students permanent records. These records are shared with organizations outside the school district. Thus, information about the STAAR test–how it is scored needs to be more transparent.
What is the Objective of Taking the STAAR TESTS?
At this time the STAAR tests can only hurt students who are making passing grades in their classes.
Why are school districts bullying parents and students about consequences for opting out of STAAR?
The STAAR tests do not help or hurt students who are making failing grades in their classes.
Why are school districts forcing students with failing grades to take the STAAR TESTS?
Do schools receive payment for giving the STAAR tests?
Help Me Evaluate Question #6 the 5th grade 2013 Science STAAR Questions
The question must be age appropriate, aligned with the TEKS, and have a correct answer with three quality distractors. Pearson Publishing describes a good question with quality distractors here:The Distractor Rationale Taxonomy: Enhancing … – Assessment
The TEKS for question #6 are:
Science Process Skills TEKS
5.2 Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
Analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct (observable) and indirect (inferred) evidence.
Comment: Question #6 on 5th grade science STAAR 2013 DOES NOT describe an investigation, thus question #6 does not represent TEKS 5.2D.
Science Content TEKS
5.6: Force, motion and energy. The student knows that energy occurs in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems. The student is expected to:
Explore the uses of energy, including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy
Comment: Preparing students for the STAAR is one big guessing game. If this TEKS is all you have as a guide, what uses of each of the types of energies listed would you teach?
FACTS Students Need to Know:
Mechanical Energy is the energy which is possessed by an object due to its motion or its stored energy of position.
An object which possesses mechanical energy is able to do work. This means the water is able to apply a force on the turbine blades and cause the to spin.
Thus, the mechanical energy of the flowing water makes the turbine blades spin.
This question doesn’t really determine if students know the meaning of mechanical energy. Light, thermal, and sound can easily be eliminated, thus mechanical energy is the only logical answer. 89% of students chose the correct answer.
Since Texas education has one focus–the STAAR tests and EOC tests, students may know more about how to take a test than about the content of the test questions.