Fall is in the air, and parents of children in third grade and up know all too well that this is the calm before the storm of spring high-stakes testing. Tests are just around the corner, but what are they, what do they mean for your child, and what support can you offer at home?
What are STAAR tests?
• STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.
• The tests occur in public schools from grades 3 through 8.
• They test knowledge and understanding of the Texas
• Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—the curriculum framework used by all public schools in Texas.
• Reading and math tests occur each year.
• Writing tests take place in grades 4 and 7.
• Science tests take place in grades 5 and 8.
• The social studies test takes place in grade 8 only.
What does this mean for me and my child?
Well, lots of things. On the plus side, it’ll mean you and the school will gain a greater understanding of how your child is doing academically and some of the key areas they will need support in moving forward. More specifically, for fifth and eighth graders it means being able to progress on to the next grade. For third graders, it’ll mean their first formal assessment and a swift introduction to examination. For all grade levels, the STAAR often means that their schooling in the run up to the tests will focus on the assessment. This means that children may notice an increased workload and feel increased pressure. Reducing that stress and strain that your child is feeling will encourage them to enjoy the learning process, enabling them to perform to their fullest potential.
What can I do for my child?
Explore Horizons experts know that the STAAR tests can be a stressful time for families and have put together a workshop to help alleviate some of the test anxiety. On Nov. 29 the Explore Horizons centers will offer a free community workshop that will help prepare you and your child for the STAAR tests. This event will be a unique opportunity for parents to find out how they can help at home and get the inside scoop on changes for the 2017-2018 school year. Explore Horizons also offers children a free STAAR preparation workshop to help them get in the zone for STAAR success. To learn more about the event or to register, visit explorehorizons.com.
Explore Horizons’ vision is to help cultivate a whole generation of fearless learners. It is the only tutoring center to offer a stress-free, effective and totally Texas-focused STAAR preparation course that is free for all members and runs from January to April.
You don’t want your child’s only learning goal for the year to be passing these tests, but at the same time these measures are essential for ensuring future academic success for students. Explore Horizon’s unique approach balances the development of overall student ability with developing strategies and confidence for these tests, while not neglecting the student’s passion for learning.
Click here to learn more about STAAR testing and earn a free hour-long session at one of the centers. The Nov. 29 workshop will be available at the centers in Plano, Frisco, Garland, Colleyville and Alliance Town Center. If you have questions, call 469/420-9550 to learn more about how Explore Horizons can help foster the fearless learner in your family.
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