STAAR test beckons: How would you do?

March 24, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 23, 2012 at 10:24 p.m.

The time has come. On Monday, students across Texas will delve into the infamous State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.

In the Victoria school district, students have been training yearlong.

"We've been using a very rigorous curriculum that matches the level of curriculum we think we'll see on the STAAR test," said Dionne Loughman, VISD's assessment and accountability coordinator.

Students also have been taking benchmark assessments that allow teachers to pinpoint areas of weaker understanding. For certain grades, Monday is prime time. Testing continues through April and May.

Each campus has a specific test plan, Loughman said, but most will likely administer the four-hour exams in the mornings. Any breaks a student has to take must be included in the four-hour time limit. Exceptions will be made for students with specific accommodations, she added.

By noon, the first foray into STAAR should be complete.

"And they continue with the rest of the day with some more rigorous instruction," Loughman said.

Take a look at what students can expect to see on the upcoming STAAR tests.



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