STAAR Reading 101

for 5th grade teachers new to STAAR

Goals for the Afternoon

  1. Reading Test Design
  2. STAAR Resources
  3. What Students Need to Know for 5th grade STAAR Reading
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Paired Selections

Just a reminder, media literacy can be embedded in both Literary and Informational. Procedural text can be embedded in Informational Text.


*There are 21 possible combinations.

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Coding the SEs


5.3 Figure 19D


Read the tagline:


Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Theme and Genre.

Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Students are expected to
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What's New for 5th Reading


House Bill 743 requires that STAAR assessments be designed so that 85% of students can complete the grades 3–5 assessments in two hours. TEA will gather data during the spring 2016 administrations to determine how to adjust the remaining grades 3–8 assessments to meet the testing time requirements of HB 743. The remaining redesigned grades 3-8 assessments will be administered beginning in spring 2017

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What Students Need to Know for STAAR

Think Critically/Inferentially


Students need to think critically/inferentially about different types of texts. They need to know how to do more than literally read the lines: know how to read “between” the lines and “beyond” the lines.

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Author’s Craft

Students should understand that the way an author crafts a piece, drives the way the a reader reads the text.

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Academic Vocabulary

Students need to understand and be able to apply the specific academic vocabulary

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Making Connections
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Focus on :


  • Thematic links (similar central ideas or messages)
  • Author analysis (a process that connects the author’s logical relationship to the text he/she wrote, i.e. perspective or purpose)
  • Textual Evidence- specific details or facts found in text that support what is inferred
  • Similarities or differences

Taking a Look at STAAR

Ways to Use STAAR Released Questions

Assessment Support- 3rd grading period


  • STAAR Connections- Use the question stems as a model to create questions for your own instruction, mini assessments, etc..
  • STAAR Released Tests- Exams can be used as mini assessments (by genre) and/or testing genre unit of study.
  • STAAR Data Templates- If using a released test for mini assessments, collect data on templates provided for instructional purposes. Let the data guide your next steps.

Professional Development Sessions

Just a reminder all session are posted on the 5th grade webpage under Professional Development.

Upcoming Sessions

Reading Gr 5 Spotlight on STAAR: Countdown Begins

Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 8-11am

12049 Blanco Road

San Antonio, TX

Super Saturday at Churchill High School

This session will help teachers develop their countdown to STAAR reading plans. Topics include using data to readjust instruction, planning for guided reading/intervention/tutoring, mini assessments and how to use “test prep” without drilling.

Mini Session: Spotlight on STAAR: Countdown Begins

Monday, Feb. 8th, 3:30-5pm

8961 Tesoro Drive

San Antonio, TX

Reading Gr 5 Spotlight on STAAR: Countdown Begins

Please bring fully charged laptop. This session will focus on using data to readjust instruction and finding ways to engage students in “test prep” without drilling. RAMEC-Room 614