About 4 years ago, I created an Algebra STAAR Review that covered the newly established Algebra TEKS. Each of the Algebra TEKS is covered on a page of its own. At the top of each page, I put the objective practiced on that page. My thinking was if a teacher wanted to individualize the work, or just cover a certain standard in class, then this would make it easy for them.
Most people love the review, but some people complained that it was too much material. It is too much to try to cover in 2 or 3 weeks before the test. It is a detailed review with a short quiz at the end of each section. Each objective would probably take two to three (or more in some cases) 50 minute class periods to get it done. My mistake was that I did not give the teachers that purchased this review a suggested plan of action. With the craziness of school last year, I feel like it’s time to help teachers with a plan of action for the STAAR test. I have many questions from my district and the state that cannot be answered until we get closer to the school year, but I still want to forge ahead with a plan and I’d like to share it with you.
I am constantly studying the Algebra STAAR Exams. Recently, I took the tests from the last 3 years and put together an analysis. I wanted to see any patterns or trends. TEA has said how many questions come from each category, but when you figure out the details yourself, it’s eye opening. I’m going to teach all of the TEKS, but this helps me know which ones that I really need to emphasize. I took each objective and broke it into each standard within the objective and made tables and graphs for each objective. Below is the one I made for all of the objectives. The columns represent the number of questions in that category for that year.
*You can get a copy of the whole analysis at the end of this blogpost.
Before I share my plan, I wanted to discuss more about how to use the resources. For instance, Objective 2 has nine standards. There is no way to do all nine standards plus the quiz at the end right before the test if you want to review other topics. A suggestion is to use parts of the review during the school year to spiral the information. Pull them out when you need to review for a test or use them as bell ringers. Teachers have no time and before they know it the test is right around the corner. The best time to plan is as early as possible. My review bundle can be used throughout the year AND at the end of the year, so get the review now, print it off, put it in a binder and start thinking about how you can use the material. Also, if you purchase this and see something that needs to be added, just give me a shout out and I’ll see what I can do. (That’s the best part about purchasing from Teachers Pay Teachers. We can revise and edit as needed!) One thing that I really love about creating resources and lesson planning is being able to help other teachers that do not have the time to do it themselves, so here’s my Algebra STAAR TESTING PLAN for 2020-2021. I’m using the dates set by Texas as of July 2020. If things change, then I’ll adjust. I will be teaching both Algebra 1 and Geometry next year. Both groups will be taking the Algebra STAAR at some point since the STAAR testing was cancelled last school year.
All of the plans below are based on my Algebra STAAR Bundle and the EOC Bell Ringers. The one thing not incorporated into my plan as of now are the quizzes at the end of the objectives. These could be used as pretests, posttests, homework, tutorials etc. I’m sure times will arise that I’m not thinking of right now, where I can use them.
TEST PLAN – December Test
(Testing Window – December 8 – 18, 2020)
Who is the Test For? Students that did not pass the Algebra STAAR in previous years and geometry or other math students that did not pass the Algebra STAAR or never took it because of COVID-19.
*If you see red Algebra TEKS in my descriptions below, they are readiness standards which means they are more of a focus on the test. (Go Look at the Algebra TEKS on the TEA website.)
**Note to Geometry Teachers – Let’s face it, Geometry will not be the same. You will need to focus on Algebra when you can. Some Geometry topics will not get as much attention this year!!! Some good news is that we do cover Algebra naturally in Geometry. While we are working on Parallel and Perpendicular lines, we can cover these Algebra Standards: 2B, 2E, 2F, 2G. When we are working with segments, segment addition, angles and angle addition, we can cover the solving equations standard: 5A.
- Start the 2nd Week of School and do:
- 10 Weeks of Algebra EOC Bell Ringers. (Get a FREEBIE sample of the Bell Ringers at the end of this blogpost.)
- Pick days before Thanksgiving to work specifically on these topics: (***Side Note – My Algebra EOC Review covers all the TEKS and at the top of each page the objective is written, so you can easily pull the TEKS you need!)
- Linear Topics – Writing and Graphing Equations Slope and Key Features of Graphs (2C, 3A, 3B, 3C)
- Writing, Graphing and Solving Linear Inequalities (2H, 3D, 5B)
- Quadratics – Writing, Graphing, Key Features, Transformations (6B, 6C, 7A, 7C)
- Factoring and Solving Quadratics by Factoring (10E, 8A)
- Writing and Solving Systems (2I, 3F, 5C)
- Week of November 30:
- Laws of Exponents (11B)
- Exponential Functions (9B, 9C, 9D)
- Domain and Range (2A, 6A, 9A)
- Any other last minute details
TEST PLAN – May Test
(Testing Window – May 4 – June 4, 2021)
Who is the Test For? Students in Algebra 1 and students that did not pass the previous Algebra STAAR test.
For the Algebra I Students: (Use the Algebra Review STAAR Bundle)
- Use these objectives as Bell Ringers OR add them to your homework/classwork starting the 2nd Semester. Each of these objectives is covered on a page in the bundle for that objective:
- 1st Week: 2B, 2D
- 2nd Week: 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H
- 3rd Week: 3A, 3H
- 4th Week: 4A, 4B, 4C
- 5th Week: 12A, 12B, 12E
- 6th Week: 9A, 9B, 9E,
- 7th Week: 10A, 10B, 10C
- 8th Week: 10D, 10E, 10F
- 9th Week: 6A, 6B, 6C
- 10th Week: 8A, 8B, 11B
- 11th Week: 12C, 12D
- End of March: (March 22, 2021)
- The 3 Quizzes and Task Cards – (This is part of the bundle!) This takes a while to complete. I usually start the Task Cards at the end of March. Last year, I used the Task Cards as flash cards and put them in rings for each student.
- 2 Weeks Before the Test:
- First Week:
- 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E
- 2nd Week
- 5C, 9C, 9D, 11B
- First Week:
- 1/2 Day of Camp :
- Use the worksheets and the task cards to do: 2A, 2C, 2I
- Use the matching cards to practice: 3F, 3G, 3H
- Use the task cards to do: 5A, 5B
- Use the worksheets to do: 7A, 7B, 7C
For Students that did not pass in previous years or in December:
- Invite to 1/2 Day Camp
- Individualized Packets – Use their test results to create individualized packets.
I have a link to the plan and analysis below so you can have your own copy. To sum up what you will need to follow this plan:
- Algebra Teachers will need the Algebra EOC Bundle.
- Geometry Teachers will need the Algebra EOC Bundle and the Algebra EOC Bell Ringers.
Here’s a free sample of the Bell Ringers: Bell Ringer Sample