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## What Is the STAAR Test?

The STAAR is a series of standardized tests that all Texas public school students are required to pass. It assesses the knowledge and achievements students have gained in their respective grade levels. The material on the STAAR test is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum, which is taught in all Texas public schools. The STAAR offers schools, districts, and parents in-depth understanding and clarity when it comes to assessing students' level of mastery by focusing on key concepts taught each year.

Those concepts, known as the STAAR readiness standards, have the most significant impact on students' readiness for next year, as well as on their preparedness for college and the workforce. The STAAR is also designed to ensure students have mastered all the skills crucial for their academic success in the 21st century. Students in 5th and 8th grade must pass the reading and math STAAR assessments to be promoted to the next grade, while students in 11th and 12th grade who have not met the STAAR testing requirements for graduation may be denied a high school diploma.

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## STAAR Practice Test Sample Questions

### STAAR Math

STAAR Practice Test - 3rd Grade

Q1: Each side of the figure is the same in its length. Half of the perimeter is 24 inches. What is the length of the one side of the figure in inches?

a. 4 inches

b. 6 inches

c. 8 inches

d. 12 inches

A1: The correct answer is C.

The figure in the question is a hexagon, which has 6 sides. Since each side is the same, half of the perimeter would be made by combining half of the sides, and therefore, there are 3 sides.

To find the length of each side, divide half the perimeter (24) by half the sides (3):

24/3 = 8 inches.

Notice that option A is tricky. If you don't concentrate when reading the question, you may miss the part where 24 inches are half of the total perimeter and divide 24 inches by 6 instead of 3.

STAAR Practice Test - 4th Grade

Q2: Joey attends several activities after school. The table shows some of the activities and how many times he attended each one in a four-month period.

 March April May June Soccer 3 7 4 0 Crafts 5 5 5 5 Trumpet Lessons 1 3 0 5 Cooking 2 2 2 2

Which of the activities that Joey is attending are most likely non-compulsory?

a. Soccer and Cooking only.

b. Soccer and Trumpet Lessons only.

c. Crafts only.

d. Crafts, Trumpet Lessons and Cooking only.

A2: The correct answer is B.

The question shows 4 activities, each presented with the number of times Joey has attended them for each month between March and June. A compulsory activity is an activity Joey must attend and, therefore, should remain constant in the number of times Joey has attended it between months.

In our case, both Soccer and Trumpet Lessons changed between months, meaning that Joey did not have to attend the activity a set number of times each month. Also, for both activities, there is a month when Joey did not attend them at all (while attending other activities), meaning that Joey is not obligated to attend them, making option B the correct answer.

STAAR Practice Test - 8th Grade

Q3: Use the table below to answer the question:

 Number of Miles Traveled (x) Cost of Taxi Ride in \$ (y) 3 8 7 12 12 17 18 23 21 26

Find the relationship between the quantities x and y, in the form y = x + c

a. y = x + 5

b. y = x + 6

c. y = x + 3

d. y = x + 4

A3: The correct answer is A.

To find the relationship between x and y in the form y = x + c, follow these steps:

1. Identify the relationship between x and y:

Calculate the difference between y and x for each pair in the table.

2. Calculate the difference for each pair:

For x = 3: y = 8 -> y – x = 8 – 3 = 5

For x = 7: y = 12 -> y – x = 12 – 7 = 5

For x = 12: y = 17 -> y – x = 17 – 12 = 5

For x = 18: y = 23 -> y – x = 23 – 18 = 5

For x = 21: y = 26 -> y – x = 26 – 21 = 5

3. Determine the constant c:

From the calculations above, the constant c is 5 because y – x = 5 for all pairs.

4. Form the equation:

Substitute c in y = x + c:

Therefore: y = x + 5.

Notice—while there is no time limit for the STAAR test, in these types of questions, many prefer to place the given data in the distractors until finding one that fits perfectly. If you find it easier to do so, or when you find yourself stuck in the 'classic' answering procedure, it may be quicker and easier to do so.

### STAAR Reading Language Arts

STAAR Practice Test - 3rd Grade

Q4: Answer the following question based on the text:

Lost Treasure by Jane Doe

A pirate's map, so old and worn,
With edges tattered, pages torn.
Upon it marked, a hidden gold,
In tales of treasure, often told.

5 He sails across the endless sea,
With hopes as high as dreams can be.
Through stormy nights and sunny days,
He follows where the compass sways.

10 At last, he finds the secret spot,
A chest within a sandy plot.
With trembling hands, he lifts the lid,
And gasps at what the chest has hid.

But more than gold, he finds delight,
In friendships made throughout the fight.
15 The real treasure, as it seems,
Is found within our hearts and dreams.

What is the most likely reason the poet includes lines 13 through 16?

a. To highlight that the journey is more valuable than the gold

b. To suggest the pirate is disappointed with the treasure

c. To emphasize the pirate's loneliness

d. To show the pirate's skill in finding treasure

A4: The correct answer is A.

These lines reveal that the pirate discovers something more valuable than the gold he sought: the friendships and experiences gained during his journey.

A. To highlight that the journey is more valuable than the gold: These lines indeed suggest that the pirate finds greater value in the friendships and the journey itself than in the physical treasure of gold. This makes A a strong candidate.

B. To suggest the pirate is disappointed with the treasure: There is no indication in these lines that the pirate is disappointed. Instead, he finds delight in the friendships made. This makes B incorrect.

C. To emphasize the pirate's loneliness: The lines speak of friendships and delight, which contradicts the idea of loneliness. Therefore, C is incorrect.

D. To show the pirate's skill in finding treasure: The lines focus on the emotional and relational aspects of the journey, rather than the pirate's skill. This makes D incorrect.

STAAR Practice Test - 4th Grade

Q5: Answer the following question based on the text:

The Journey of Monarch Butterflies

Every year, monarch butterflies embark on a remarkable migration journey, traveling thousands of miles from North America to central Mexico. This journey is a natural wonder, as these delicate creatures navigate using environmental cues like the position of the sun and the Earth's magnetic field. Monarchs begin their migration in the late summer and early fall, and it takes about two months to complete. Along the way, they face numerous challenges such as weather changes and habitat loss, but they persevere to reach their destination.

Once they arrive in Mexico, the monarchs cluster together in large groups on oyamel fir trees, creating a breathtaking spectacle. This overwintering period lasts until spring, when they start their journey back north. The return trip is completed over several generations, with each new generation flying part of the way. This incredible cycle of migration continues year after year, showcasing the resilience and determination of these butterflies.

What is the main challenge monarch butterflies face during their migration journey?

a. Finding food

b. Navigating using the position of the sun

c. Weather changes and habitat loss

d. Cluster together on oyamel fir trees

A5: The correct answer is C.

A. Finding food: While finding food is a general challenge for many species, it is not specifically highlighted as the main challenge in this text. Therefore, A is incorrect.

B. Navigating using the position of the sun: The text mentions that monarch butterflies navigate using the position of the sun, but it does not frame this as a challenge. Instead, it is described as a part of their natural navigation abilities. Therefore, B is incorrect.

C. Weather changes and habitat loss: The text explicitly mentions "weather changes and habitat loss" as challenges that monarch butterflies face during their journey. This makes C the most accurate answer.

D. Cluster together on oyamel fir trees: Clustering together on oyamel fir trees is described as part of their behavior during the overwintering period in Mexico, not as a challenge. Therefore, D is incorrect.

STAAR Practice Test - 8th Grade

Q6: Answer the following question based on the text:

Excerpt from "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary had liked to look at her mother from a distance, and she had thought her very pretty, but as she knew very little of her, she could scarcely have been expected to love her or to miss her very much when she was gone. She did not miss her at all, and as she was a self-absorbed child, she gave her entire thought to herself, as she had always done. If she had been older, she would no doubt have been very anxious at being left alone in the world, but she was very young, and as she had always been taken care of, she supposed she always would be. What she thought was that she would like to know if she was going to nice people who would be polite to her and give her own way as her Ayah and the other native servants had done.

What does the author's tone in this passage symbolize about Mary's character?

a. The tone is sorrowful, symbolizing Mary's deep sense of loss and mourning.

b. The tone is indifferent, symbolizing Mary's self-centered nature and lack of emotional connection to others.

c. The tone is joyful, symbolizing Mary's excitement about her new life and experiences.

d. The tone is anxious, symbolizing Mary's fear of the unknown and worry about her future.

A3: The correct answer is B.

A. The tone is sorrowful, symbolizing Mary's deep sense of loss and mourning: The passage indicates that Mary did not miss her mother and was not particularly affected by her absence. This option does not align with the text's description of Mary's feelings, making A incorrect.

B. The tone is indifferent, symbolizing Mary's self-centered nature and lack of emotional connection to others: The passage describes Mary as self-absorbed and unconcerned about her mother's absence, focusing entirely on herself and her comfort. This indifference highlights her self-centered nature, making B the correct answer.

C. The tone is joyful, symbolizing Mary's excitement about her new life and experiences: The passage does not convey a sense of joy or excitement. Instead, it portrays Mary's indifference and lack of emotional connection, making C incorrect.

D. The tone is anxious, symbolizing Mary's fear of the unknown and worry about her future: While Mary might have been expected to feel anxious about her future, the passage explicitly states that she assumed she would always be taken care of, reflecting a lack of anxiety. Therefore, D is incorrect.

### STAAR Science

STAAR Practice Test - 8th Grade

Q1: Kudzu is an invasive vine from Asia that spreads rapidly and covers trees, shrubs, and any stationary objects in its path. What long-term effect will the introduction of kudzu most likely have on the native plant populations in a forested area of the southeastern United States?

a. Kudzu will develop traits similar to those of native plants.

b. Kudzu will help increase biodiversity by adding more plant species to the area.

c. The population of native plants will increase.

d. The population of native plants will decrease.

A1: The correct answer is D.

Kudzu grows quickly and aggressively, covering large areas and preventing native plants from accessing essential resources. This competition often results in the decline or death of native plants, and therefore their population will most likely decrease.

## STAAR Content

The STAAR Test assesses students in the following five subjects: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. While all students are tested in math and reading, the remaining subjects vary by grade. The STAAR Test sections and the grades they are usually administered to are displayed in the table below:

Writing
Math
Science
Social Studies

Students in high school take STAAR EOC (end-of-course) assessments in Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History.

## STAAR Practice Test Grades 3-8

All STAAR assessments offered in grades 3–8 are administered in paper-and-pencil format, have a four-hour time limit, and consist mostly of multiple-choice questions:

Reading: The reading assessment consists of multiple-choice questions related to reading selections drawn from a variety of published and commissioned pieces. The passages are genre-based and include both literary (fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, drama, media literacy) and informational (expository, persuasive, procedural, media literacy) texts.
The number of test questions increases from year to year:

• 3rd grade – 40 questions
• 4th grade – 44 questions
• 5th grade – 46 questions
• 6th grade – 48 questions
• 7th grade – 50 questions
• 8th grade – 52 questions

Writing: The writing assessment, taken in the fourth and seventh grades, contains a piece of written composition as well as multiple-choice questions. The paragraphs and the essay prompts increase in complexity over the years and challenge the students to demonstrate their mastery of the English language.

• Students in 4th grade are required to read three passages and answer 6 revision and 12 editing questions, all multiple-choice, as well as to complete one writing prompt.
• Students in 7th grade are required to read four passages and answer 13 revision and 17 editing questions, all multiple-choice, as well as to complete one writing prompt

Mathematics: The mathematical assessment contains both multiple-choice and open-ended questions that are machine scorable. This test is offered from 3rd to 8th grade, but students may use calculators only on the 8th-grade STAAR test. The assessment asks students to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts learned in class through various methods and applications. The number of test questions increases from year to year:

• 3rd grade – 43 multiple-choice questions and 3 open-ended questions
• 4th grade – 45 multiple-choice questions and 3 open-ended questions
• 5th grade – 47 multiple-choice questions and 3 open-ended questions
• 6th grade – 48 multiple-choice questions and 4 open-ended questions
• 7th grade – 50 multiple-choice questions and 4 open-ended questions
• 8th grade – 52 multiple-choice questions and 4 open-ended questions

Science: The science assessment also contains multiple-choice questions and open-ended questions that are machine scorable. The test is administered in 5th and 8th grade. The 5th-grade version contains 44 multiple-choice questions, whereas the 8th-grade version contains 55. Students are often presented with concepts or material taught in the classroom and asked to make observations based on the given data.

Social Studies: This test, which is only taken in 8th grade, contains 52 multiple-choice questions. It asks students to demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. history, geography, eras, and wars, as well as influential individuals, important dates, and landmark documents.

## STAAR EOC

High school students take STAAR EOC (end-of-course) tests for five different subjects. Generally speaking, students must pass all of these exams to receive a high school diploma. Students have three opportunities throughout the year to pass the tests (end of first semester, end of second semester, and summer). All the five tests have a four-hour time limit, except for English I and II, which have a five-hour time limit. Note that these assessments are offered in both online and paper formats.

Algebra I – The test contains 54 multiple-choice and open-ended questions that are machine scorable. Students taking this test may use a graphing calculator. The test covers all the material taught in the classroom relevant for the student's future college and career experience. Often, students are asked to apply the mathematical concepts they learned in various ways.

Biology – The test contains 54 multiple-choice questions. Students are allowed to use four-function, scientific, or graphing calculators. The test contains questions about evolution, ecology, human biology, plant biology, and organism behavior. Some of the questions present students with data and ask them to extrapolate based on the material taught in the classroom.

English I – The test contains 50 multiple-choice questions, one essay prompt, and two short answers. The test has a five-hour time limit because it combines two sections—writing and reading. Students are asked to read these paragraphs and then answer the corresponding questions. Students must demonstrate their knowledge of the English language and apply critical thinking in their analysis of the presented paragraphs.

English II – The test contains 50 multiple-choice questions, one essay prompt, and two short answers. The test has a five-hour time limit because it combines two sections—writing and reading. Both sections contain four paragraphs taken from various sources. Students are tasked with analyzing different texts and demonstrate their mastery of the English language.

U.S. History – The test contains 68 multiple-choice questions. The test asks students to demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. history, minorities, eras, and wars, as well as influential individuals, important dates, and landmark documents. Students should be able to analyze historical trends as well as the reasons for and effects of documents, individuals, inventions, and ideology.

## STAAR Test Results

STAAR test results are provided to schools within ten business days after the tests are received by the testing contractor. The STAAR results are essentially pass/fail. In order for a student to move on to the next grade, he or she must be placed in the Satisfactory Academic Performance group, meaning that he or she met the required passing score. Students who do not meet the required passing score (or were absent when the test was administered or did not submit a test) are placed in the Unsatisfactory Academic Performance group.

Students with satisfactory STAAR may still have additional requirements from the local district. All requirements, both local and state, must be met in order for students to move up to the next grade.

## STAAR Test Readiness Standards

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) identifies several aspects of the TEKS curriculum as the most important factors to assess. These standards differ per subject and grade, and feature more prominently on the STAAR. They are essential for success in one's current grade and for mastering the subject taught, as well as for the student's future success in next year's course and, eventually, in college and the workforce. These standards encompass significant content and concepts, which means they require in-depth instruction for mastery.

• English, Reading, and Writing Readiness Standards:
• Reading specific genres, such as fiction and expository writing
• Writing for a particular purpose
• Mathematics Readiness Standards:
• Integration and application of mathematical skills
• Science Readiness Standards:
• Integration and application of major scientific concepts
• Social Studies Readiness Standards:
• Mastery of landmark historical events as well as fundamental geographical concepts
• Integration of historical and geographical themes, patterns, and trends

## STAAR Test Supporting Standards

In addition to readiness standards, the STAAR also assesses supporting standards. These standards are introduced or reinforced during the students' current grade or course and may be relevant in the following year as well. They play an important, but not a central, role in preparing students for next year's challenges, as they address more narrowly defined concepts and content.

• English, Reading, and Writing Supporting Standards:
• Reading genres other than fiction and expository writing, such as drama, nonfiction, persuasive writing, and poetry
• Mathematics Supporting Standards:
• Focus on mathematical skills that underlie mathematical concepts significant to the student's current grade or course
• Science Supporting Standards:
• Focus on content that supports fundamental scientific principles significant to the student's current grade or course
• Social Studies Supporting Standards:
• Mastery of distinct historical facts and events as well as important individuals
• Integration of detail-oriented geographical facts and concepts

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