Parents had the opportunity to ask Dallas ISD experts questions on how they can help prepare their child for the upcoming STAAR tests during a live forum on Feb. 11.
Content and testing experts addressed question submitted by parents via phone, email and at dallasisd.org/staar. The live forum was available for viewing at 36 schools across the district, as well as the Dallas School Television channels and online streaming.
Experts said students who practice writing and whose parents read with them every day may help students do well on the test, especially in the weeks leading up to STAAR. Even if English is not the parent’s first language, working with children in their native language is still beneficial to the student.
Parents should also meet with their child’s teacher to see if any subject areas need extra attention. Tutoring may be available before or after school for students who are struggling with a particular subject. Students with test anxiety may also be accommodated during testing to encourage their success.
STAAR testing begins in third grade and is used to evaluate whether the student is ready for the next grade level. Resources are available on the district’s STAAR web page and the Texas Education Agency website, where parents may access released tests from previous years.