STAAR Writing Cheat Sheet
For all those parents getting your kids ready for the STAAR exam on March 29, make sure you take advantage of FREE BREAKFAST for ALL STAAR STUDENTS at McDonald’s! Several locations in North Texas are giving out coupons, and this is a great way to make sure your child has a good, solid start to a day of testing!
What Is Covered On The STAAR Writing?
Writing STAAR assesses three specific areas; composition, revising and editing. Composition is measured by an actual expository writing prompt where a student must respond using no more than 26 lines while using a superb structure based on the prompt, focus around one central idea and stick to conventions and grammar rules. Revising and editing sections are composed with multiple choice questions asking the student to catch mistakes in someone else’s writing. Then, the student will decide how to correct the errors.
Who Takes The STAAR Writing?
Writing STAAR is taken twice during your child’s public school career; both fourth and seventh grade. These are crucial points in grade school, just before large transitions into middle school and high school where writing education becomes more rigorous. Formats and expectations are similar for both grade levels, but prompts for the seventh grade will focus more on critical thinking.
What is Different About The Writing STAAR This Year?
This year, the test will only last for 4 hours over one day. This is because all writing has been removed other than one expository essay. Fourth graders will find 18 revising and editing questions while the seventh graders will find there are 30 of these kinds of questions. Both grade levels will have a field test passage.
Tips On The Days Of The Test
- Have a good breakfast. (McDonalds makes this very easy since they are offering free breakfast to those taking the STAAR on the morning of the exam)
- Bring plenty of pencils in case something happens. CVS sells packs of pencils already sharpened for $1.00.
- Relax and be confident. You have been studying for this and don’t need to panic and make the test harder.
- Stretch often to avoid frustration and fatigue.
- Take your time. Four hours is more than enough to do well on this exam.