STAAR Biology: Assessment Activities for the Texas Readiness Standards

A one-day session

Audience: Biology teachers, instructional specialists and coaches
Grade-level focus: High school

In this session, you will learn an effective strategy for preparing students for the biology end-of-course exam under the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) system. This strategy centers on the Dana Center publication STAAR Biology: Assessment Activities for the Texas Readiness Standards, which provides hands-on biology assessment activities and gives students the opportunity to review content in all 16 biology readiness standards that are tested on the end-of-course exam.

You will engage in some of the assessment activities and learn techniques for successfully implementing the teaching strategies embedded in STAAR Biology, including an “at-a-glance” strategy for monitoring student progress. Students’ performance on these activities will give you valuable insight into how well they understand the content assessed on STAAR, which will guide you in adjusting instruction to improve student achievement.

You will receive printed copies of the student pages of STAAR Biology and the entire book on DVD.

Sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and include continental breakfast and lunch. Participants are responsible for their hotel accommodations and other travel expenses to the sessions.

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