Starr test – dallas – texas (tx) – city-data forum electricity history facts

The STARR test is what it is which is an incredible tool to see if the students know the information on the STARR test as any test being given is an incredible tool to see if a person knows the information that is on the test itself. If they know the info that is on the test then they do well. If they do not know it then they usually do not do well. If a student knows the information being taught in their school then they do well in their school (your son).

I have no clue what your job is but let’s assume it is not the same as mine. You could give me a test on the most basics of your profession and it might be likely that I do not meet acceptable standards. It doesn’t make me dumb or smart. It makes me ignorant (uninformed) to what is being tested. Even if I am the best in the world at my current job I still likely test poor in your area of expertise. Now I realize the STARR test is a bit more generic and maybe the school needs to prepare the kids a little better regarding generic questions in various subjects.

Texas’ standardized testing system, STAAR, has been embattled lately. In 2016 massive statewide testing irregularities brought a lawsuit against the TEA, the eventual scrapping of the STAAR scores for fifth and eighth grade, and a $20.5 million fine levied by TEA against ETS. Many parents of young students keep their kids out of school during STAAR testing because they object to their children taking a test that many consider useless. Private school students aren’t even required to take STAAR.

However, from my own experience, STARR tests were very easy tests and my sons aced them without any preparation and it was same for other good students. It was few years ago but schools only asked them to sleep well and have a good breakfast for the test, their teachers said trying to prep them only makes them anxious and there is no need for that if they’ve been doing well in studies, all they need is to get familiar with the testing format and they do it in class anyway. Even in higher grades when you have to test, they said after preparing for school tests, AP, SAT and SAT subject tests, they felt no need to do anything for STARR testing.

Just as an aside, many, many moons ago, in the 7th grade, I "failed" the writing portion of whatever they called the STARR back in the day despite being an honors/AP student who had won a number of writing competitions. The prompt was "write about playing a game or playing an instrument" and they failed me for being "off topic of the prompt" despite writing about playing an instrument – one which they clearly had never heard of, lol. The stupid guidance counselor tried to make me take a remedial writing course concurrent with my honors English class (which I was acing) and my parents had to get involved in order to get it waived. It was a whole ordeal.

I know the reading portion is typically configured differently (i.e. not free response), but thought I would share my own experience with standardized testing just to say that the test results are not always an indicator of an actual problem . Plus, despite the fact that these tests are supposed to be "easy" for kids who do well in school, even smart kids can have a bad day where they inadvertently skip a question part of the way through and all of the rest of the answers are off as a result.