School leaders offer some STAAR testing tips

Revamped technical efforts and almost $20 million in improvements should help avoid prior glitches as standardized testing begins this week, Texas Education Agency officials say.

Payne also told KRBC that the STAAR test is about getting that deeper level of understanding and critical thinking.

The upgrades are created to avoid problems with the online portions of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STARR test.

The company was fined $5.7 million by the Texas Education Agency and directed to invest an additional $15 million into improvements in its online systems and other areas of assessment delivery. It's one of the many things parents can do to prepare their kids. Merritt said that it's important they do their best, though, "It gives a snapshot of how well our kids perform. So it's a big day for them, no doubt", Smith says.

The New Jersey-based company spent $20 million to guard against problems that cropped up past year, according to the Texas Education Agency.

End-of-course (EOC) assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history.

STAAR exams pick back up in May, when students take math, reading, science, social studies and high school English and algebra tests.

"Our shared mission in Texas is to provide students, educators and parents meaningful information through the best assessments and services possible", spokesman Thomas Ewing said.

She and her counterparts across the state are looking for a smoother week, she said. "By offering a balanced breakfast, McDonald's hopes to make a positive impact on students' mornings".

"We heard about that", Forehand said of McDonald's free breakfast.

  • Leroy Wright