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Writing:

The writing portion of the STAAR test is completed over the course of one day. This year’s test is scheduled for TUESDAY, April 9, 2019. Students are given a four hour window to complete the exam. Each test will begin with approximately 15 revise and edit questions and end with one writing prompt.

 

Math:

The math portion of the STAAR test is completed over the course of one day. This year’s test is scheduled for MONDAY, May 13, 2019. Students are given a four hour window to complete the exam. The test contains approximately 50 questions.

 

Reading:

The reading portion of the STAAR test is also completed over the course of one day. This year’s test is scheduled for TUESDAY, May 14, 2019. Students are given a four hour window to complete the exam. The test contains approximately 45 questions with several reading passages.

 

Preparing them for the STAAR:

1. What they should expect. Talk to your kids about what to expect and how the STAAR test is not that different from regular tests and exams. When I pointed out to my daughter that she was already doing well in Language Arts and making good grades on her writing projects, she relaxed. Sometimes just reminding them that they already have the skills and a record of success can build their confidence.
2. Sample tests.
If they are feeling stressed, you can see example of the types of questions and problems kids can expect at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/. When I reviewed one of the 4th grade math tests, I knew my daughter would be fine. It’s very similar to the type of work she has been doing in class already. Let them take a sample test and see how well they do. Talk through some of the problems that may be challenging them.

3. Get plenty of sleep. A tired child cannot stay focused for hours on end.
4. Eat a healthy breakfast
. Minimize sugar and carbohydrates and make sure your child has some protein to help keep their energy stable for a longer period of time.
5. Make sure they get plenty of exercise and free play time after school. The test is stressful and the kids’ normal routine at school is different this week. Their minds need a mental break and after sitting all day, your younger ones will have excess energy to burn off. Physical activity is also great for helping kids to relax and sleep better!
6. Support and praise them. It may sound simple, but just tell them you are proud of them and know they will do a great job. Knowing you are rooting for them can help boost confidence.
7. Surprise them with a special note. Put a note in their lunch box to just say hi and you hope they are having a great day. Nothing fancy, just a sticky note saying “I love you” will lift tired spirit. Whether they admit it in public or not, our kids need our love and support on a daily basis.
 8.  Celebrate when the testing is complete and again when you get the scores. Acknowledge your child for their effort and their success. It might help to tell them that you will go out for ice cream or for a movie or a walk in the park at the end of the week. The key here is to keep their spirits up throughout the week!

 

 

 


 

 

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