3rd Grade STAAR Reading

STAAR 101

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Test Design

2 Readiness Genres

  • Literary (Media Literacy embedded)
  • Informational/Expository (Media Literacy & Procedural embedded)


2 Supporting Genres

  • Literary Nonfiction (autobiography & biography)
  • Poetry


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3rd Grade Year at a Glance (YAG)

Let's look at the YAG and note the readiness & supporting genres throughout the school year.


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Quick Reference Sheet for Tested TEKS

  • Reporting Categories
  • Number of questions per category
  • Fig. 19 D and E
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Jessica the Hippo - STAAR 2013

I wonder...?


  • genre
  • text structure
  • text features
  • questions and answers


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Performance Level Descriptors

Let's review the PLD document and discuss what this means for classroom instruction.


How does this document help us plan/prepare core instruction that prepares students for the depth and rigor of STAAR?


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TEKS & STAAR Resouces available on 3rd Grade Web page

  • TEKS pages from lead4ward field guides are available on the 3rd grade web page. The TEKS are also linked in the IPG. When planning as a team and/or reviewing lesson plans, refer to these pages to understand the instructional demands of the TEKS.
  • STAAR Connections is a compilation of question stems for the tested TEKS. Use this document to support classroom instruction, as well as guide the creation of informal and formal campus based assessments.


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3rd grade students will be prepared for STAAR 2015-16

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