Have you just recieved your child's STAAR results? Are you unsure how to interpret them? If so, I am here to help. As a former tutoring center director and former Dallas county student, I thought it would be a good idea to compile some answers to help you make the most of your child's results.
The STAAR is Born
There are many steps that go into the creation of STAAR content. The STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) is reformulated every year by a committee of teachers, content experts, school administrators and college representatives. This esteemed group of people creates state, subject and grade based content. They also make decisions about question quantity and test length.
The next steps are all about writing the questions and then reviewing and editing the questions approved. Once the questions have been approved, they're added to a question bank and tested on the students.
There you have it, the long awaited test is formulated and ready for our kids to tackle.
Accessing and Understanding the Results
Every child is assigned a unique access code that stays with the throughout their academic career. Now, if your child is anything like the kiddos I've had the priveledge to tutor, you have probably never seen this access code or you have no idea where to find it. Don't fret, there are a few ways you can get your hands on your child's access code.
The front cover of the STAAR Report Card
Your student's school
Look up your student's access code on: https://txparentportal.emetric.net/lookup-access-code
Once you have your access code handy, go ahead and pop it into the following link with the student's date of birth. https://txparentportal.emetric.net/login
This website and access code will be what you use to log in every time you want to access the student portal.
Okay so bare with me, this is where the steps to undertanding results come in.
After you've logged on, you'll see a list of your child's STAAR testing history. If this is your child's first year taking STAAR, this area will be blank.
Go ahead and move forward to the overview of performance levels and/or download the STAAR Report Card.
The overview of performance levels lets you know where your child scored and how well they knew the subject they were tested on. There are four performance levels a student's score can fall under:
Masters Grade Level: the student showed mastery of the subject. He or she is on track for college and career readiness.
Meets Grade Level: the student showed strong knowledge of the subject content and is prepared to progress to the next grade level.
Approaches Grade Level: the student showed some knowledge of subject content but may be missing critical elements.
(achieving approaches means your child has passed the assessment but likely needs additional support)
Did Not Meet Grade Level: the student showed no basic understanding of the subject expectations.
(your child may need significant support in the coming year)
Now is the time to take a comprehensive look at each subject tested. The subjects will vary based on the age and grade level of your child.
Click on "test subject" to view a more detailed report of your student's performance. The "Test Results" tab (page 2) will bring you detailed reports for the subject you chose. The overarching idea here is to give you comparisons on a campus, district and state level.
You can gage how your student performed based on:
The percentile computation of all students in Texas by grade level and subject
The scale score- comparison to Campus, District and State averages
The STAAR progress measure that compares current scores to previous scores. (this is a great way to track improvement from year to year. This progress is classified as accelerated, expected or limited
Category Results (Individual subject scores)
These results break down the math, science and social studies assessment to give you further insight on the specfic reporting categories. Check out these reports and make note of each reporting category (subject) your child can work on moving forward. The bar graph indicates the percentage correct of each subject listed above.
STAAR writing, reading and English assessments are slightly different because they are scored based on points earned for each subject- rather than percentage correct.
Lexile and Quantile Measures (At Home Support)
So I was scrolling through all of these reports and came across subheadings labeled "Lexile Measure" and "Quantile Measure". I don't know about you guys but I was not familar with these terms. The TEA began reporting on this in 2018. These measures are actually pretty cool and extremely useful for all my parents out there wondering how they can support their child's learning from home.
Lexile Measure (reading): indicates the difficulty level of the reading material your child can complete successfully. The goal of this measure is to help you find reading materials on your child's unique level.
Quantile Measure (math): indicates the difficulty level of math material your child can complete successfully. The goal here is to track progress in math overtime regardless of your child's grade level.
*Resources are available for each measure at the bottom of measures section on the website. You can also visit www.texasassessment.com and enter your child's Lexile and Quantile measure to find appropriate at-home activities.
Detailed Results (test question content)
If you are a visual learner like I am, and these measure are all sorts of ambiguous to you, definitely take a look at the "Detailed Results" tab. This page gives you specfics on test question content. It displays your child's test question responses and whether thei answer choice was correct or incorrect.
This tab isn't as straight forward as indicated. It doesn't give you the exact question your child answered, which was my initial understanding. It, actually, displays an image of the question similar to how it appeared on the test.
Okay, there you have it. This breakdown is just about as long as the STAAR Test itself, but I hope it makes you feel a little bit more informed and empowers you and your child to take control of those scores and impact them a little more heavily.