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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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[Source: Mastery Education]

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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Edmentum’s Study Island is a supplemental online product that helps students in grades K-12 master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and prepare for STAAR exams. In summer 2016, Learning List reviewed language arts, science, and math resources for grades 4-6. In summer 2017, we added reviews for language arts at grade 3, writing at grade 4, science at grades 2-3 and 7-8, and high school biology.

Across subjects and grade levels, 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 to track student and class progress in multiple, easy-to-use and -understand formats.

About Edmentum*

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[Source: Edmentum]

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.

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

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New Review: Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Reading

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[Source: Mastery Education]

Learning List now features reviews of Mastery Education’s Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Reading.  This supplemental print resource helps students in grades 3-8 (i.e., Levels C-H) prepare for STAAR reading tests. Content is organized in short lessons that address specific TEKS. Instruction provides ample opportunities for students to practice and apply reading comprehension skills.

Content is scaffolded, building from simple to more complex concepts. Instruction is organized in chapters that address the TEKS for each grade level (e.g., make predictions). Each chapter is made up of short lessons that address specific TEKS. Lessons are presented in three parts:

  1. Each lesson begins with an introduction titled Understand the TEKS that supports direct instruction.
  2. Guided Instruction provides a reading passage for guided practice of new skills.
  3. On Your Own presents a second independent practice reading passage for students to read independently.

Most chapters include one or more “STAAR Minitests” formatted to reflect the STAAR exam. Minitests combine concepts from multiple lessons and require that students use higher-level thinking skills. 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. The prescriptive answer key identifies the lessons where the knowledge and skills addressed by each problem are taught. All practice tests are formatted to reflect the STAAR exam.

 About Mastery Education*

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[Source: 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: Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Reading

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 Learning List recently reviewed Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Reading, which is a supplemental resource to support reading instruction and preparation for STAAR testing in grades 1-8. Materials are available in print format and may be used to supplement a year-long core reading program, provide concentrated preparation for STAAR exams, and/or support Response to Intervention (RtI) programs. Instruction at grades 1 and 2 prepares students for the STAAR Reading test at grade 3.

At each grade level, content is presented in short, scaffolded lessons that focus on one or more of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Instruction addresses vocabulary skills (e.g., context clues), literary genres (e.g., poetry), literary elements (e.g., plot, character), and reading comprehension strategies (e.g., make predictions). Each lesson is built around reading passages and contain an introduction to the TEKS, modeled instruction, guided instruction, guided practice, and STAAR practice activities. Reading passages include a variety of genres and topics of interest to students (e.g., Science at the South Pole), and lessons provide opportunities for collaborative learning. Instruction also addresses strategies for taking multiple choice tests.

Lesson introductions present the full text of the TEKS addressed by instruction. At grades 3-8, the table of contents in both student and teacher editions identifies the topic of instruction, the relevant TEKS codes for each lesson, and whether each TEKS is a Readiness or Supporting standard. “STAAR Ready Test Practice” books are available separately from the publisher (Learning List did not have access to these resources).  At grades 1-5, STAAR Ready Reading is available in Spanish.

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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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