Posts Tagged "STAAR"

New Review: Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Reading

Triumph Learning's Texas Coach: ReadingLearning List has reviewed Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Reading, Texas Edition. This supplemental program supports reading instruction for grades 3-8. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction addresses the concepts and skills needed for students to read and understand literary and informational texts. At each grade level, resources help prepare students for Texas’ STAAR exam. Learning List reviewed content for grades 3-5. Texas Coach supports remediation and instruction in Response to Intervention (RtI) programs

At each grade level, Texas Coach: Reading is organized in lessons and practice activities that reinforce a particular reading concept or skill (e.g., using context clues).  Lessons address a specific standard or set of related standards and are organized using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional model. Each lesson includes three parts:

  1. Getting the Idea offers direct instruction with clear explanations and examples.
  2. Thinking It Through models concepts and skills and includes hints to facilitate students’ understanding.
  3. Coached Example provides guided practice in new skills. Students respond to multiple choice questions that include hints to build their confidence.

Lessons are accompanied by a set of multiple-choice Practice questions that support independent practice and prepare students for the STAAR exam.

About Triumph Learning*

Triumph Learning is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials, and effective literacy programs.

For over two decades, Triumph Learning has been offering research-based supplemental and test preparation resources, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities to accelerate learning. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools such as Readiness and innovative student texts with products such as Support Coach, 2015 Teacher’s Choice Award winner, and Performance Coach for test success.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Triumph Learning.

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New Review: Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Algebra I

Triumph Learning's Algebra I (TEKS)Learning List has reviewed Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Algebra I, Texas Edition. This supplemental program supports high school algebra instruction. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction provides a review and practice of the concepts and skills assessed on the STAAR end-of-course exam for Algebra I.

Texas Coach: Algebra I is presented in lessons that use the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional model. Each lesson is made up of four components:

  1. Understand provides direct instruction in the underlying concept(s) that provides the foundation for the skills students will practice.
  2. Connect includes an example problem with a detailed step-by-step solution followed by a “Try” practice exercise.
  3. Coached Example presents guided practice problems that lead students through each step of the solution.
  4. Lesson Practice is a set of independent practice items that build in difficulty.

Texas Coach: Algebra I provides six chapter review tests and two full-length STAAR practice tests. Tests are made up of multiple-choice, griddable, and open-ended items, and include answer keys.

About Triumph Learning*

Triumph Learning is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials, and effective literacy programs.

For over two decades, Triumph Learning has been offering research-based supplemental and test preparation resources, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities to accelerate learning. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools such as Readiness and innovative student texts with products such as Support Coach, 2015 Teacher’s Choice Award winner, and Performance Coach for test success.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Triumph Learning.

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New Review: Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Math

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Learning List has reviewed Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Math. This supplemental resource supports math instruction and preparation for Texas’s STAAR testing for students in grades 1-8. Materials are available in print format. Content addresses grade-level TEKS while developing students’ understanding of key concepts and ability to apply concepts in problem solving activities.

Content is presented in units organized by the STAAR Performance Categories (e.g., Measurement and Graphing). Units are made up of short, scaffolded lessons that focus on one or more TEKS. Instruction is organized using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model and includes direct instruction, modeling, and guided and independent practice.  

At each grade level, “Teacher Guides” contain tools to help teachers transition to the new mathematics TEKS. Guides provide a crosswalk document that explains how the STAAR Ready program addresses the demands of the TEKS, including the process standards. A pair of tables (1) identify lesson activities and problems that require higher level thinking as measured by Webb’s Depth of Knowledge index, and (2) present a “Cognitive Rigor Matrix” that combines Webb’s and Bloom’s indicators of high level thinking and describes student behaviors that demonstrate higher-level thinking. Teacher Guides also have correlation tables for lesson activities and STAAR Practice problems.

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[Source: Curriculum Associates]

About Curriculum Associates*

Curriculum Associates is a rapidly growing education company committed to making classrooms better places for teachers and students. We believe that all children have the chance to succeed, and our research-based, award-winning products, including i-Ready®, Ready®, BRIGANCE®, and other programs, provide teachers and administrators with flexible resources that deliver meaningful assessments and data-driven, differentiated instruction for children.

Because we are independently owned and operated, we are able to provide the best prices so that every district, school, and educator can afford to bring top quality resources to their students. By maintaining our independence, we are able to channel our investments toward the things that really matter—like product development, research, and unmatched customer service.

For the past 40 years, we have consistently developed high-quality products that make a profound difference in the lives of students and educators, and we will continue to bring these proven products—as well as new ones—to you in the future.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Curriculum Associates.

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New Review: Mastery Education’s Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Science

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Learning List has reviewed Mastery Education’s Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Science.  This is a supplemental print resource to help students in grades 5 and 8 (i.e., Levels E and H) prepare for STAAR science tests. Content is organized in short lessons that address specific TEKS. Instruction provides ample opportunities for students to investigate science concepts.

Content addresses topics in physical, life, and earth and space sciences, as well as scientific investigation and reasoning skills. Content is organized in chapters that address key concepts in the TEKS for each grade level (e.g., examine properties of soils). Each chapter is made up of short lessons that address specific TEKS. Lessons are presented in three parts: (1) an Understand the TEKS introduction, (2) Guided Instruction, and (3) On Your Own independent practice.

Instruction is scaffolded, building from simple to more complex concepts. A set of icons indicates when Guided Instruction and On Your Own questions require higher-order thinking and connect content to other subject areas and real-world situations. Each chapter includes an “Investigate” activity and a “STAAR Minitest” formatted to reflect the STAAR exam. Teacher editions also contain two versions of a cumulative STAAR practice test, a table identifying the TEKS addressed by each practice test problem, and a prescriptive answer key to support reteaching.

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About Mastery Education*

Mastery Education®, formerly Peoples Education, is a creator of print and online educational materials for the K-12 school market, best known for the flagship brand Measuring Up®. The company focuses on supplemental instructional and practice materials that are standards-based and customized for specific markets. Founded in 1991, Mastery Education has a long history of accurate and astute content creation, working closely with educational partners and analyzing mandated standards and assessment criteria in order to create the most useful and relevant teacher support tools.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Mastery Education.

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New Review: Edmentum’s Study Island

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Learning List recently reviewed Edmentum’s Study Island supplemental resources for language arts, science, and math for students in grades 4-6. Core content is presented online and includes some printable materials. Instruction helps students master the subject area Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and prepare for STAAR exams.

Across subjects, Study Island supports teacher-guided instruction and independent study. Instruction is presented in short lessons followed by a set of “Sessions” with practice activities. Lessons include definitions of new terms, examples, and illustrations to support understanding. Many lessons have interactive flashcards for new vocabulary and terms; flashcards also may be printed. Some lessons include animated and video-based content.

Sessions provides content in four modes: (1) Practice Mode presents sets of practice exercises with corrective feedback, (2) Game Mode contains interactive learning games, (3) Group Session Mode supports large group or whole class instruction, and (4) Worksheet Mode has editable, printable worksheets.

Online tools allow students to work independently and monitor their own progress. Teachers have access to comprehensive monitoring resources that to track student and class progress in multiple, easy-to-use and -understand formats.

About Edmentum*

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Edmentum, Inc. is a leading provider of online learning programs designed to drive student achievement for academic and career success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, Edmentum offers a wide variety of innovative learning programs to empower 21st century teaching and learning.

Edmentum empowers educators to move education forward with proven instructional and assessment solutions. By connecting with over 8,000 school districts, serving nearly 14 million students, we deliver a blend of personalized teaching approaches with proven, award-winning online learning programs that specifically address the needs of individual learners and the expectations of everyone with a stake in student success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, Edmentum offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to inspire teaching and learning.

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