This past week, my students took the 2014 Released Science STAAR Test as a tool for us to measure their progress and help assess what concepts need to be reviewed before the actual STAAR administration in April. For more info on the test visit the TEA website.
Last year, I spent time going over the released test and I had a form for students to fill out showing them what TEKS and concepts they were strong in and which ones were weakness. Ari from The Science Penguin had a great idea for the 5th grade test that I borrowed and adapted for the 8th grade test. On one side it lists the question number along with the TEKS and a student-friendly explanation about that TEKS. On the other side, students graph their raw score so they can get a visual of where they are at this point (have they met the minimum standard, are they just above/below it, or are they well within the Advanced Academic Performance zone?) Then students have a chance to write down 5 strengths and 5 weakness and reflect on the test.
Download the document here!