STAAR Test Maker's Science item bank meets or exceeds the TEKS Readiness and Supporting Standards. Our STAAR Science item bank features include the following:
- Thousands of questions that test the specific reporting categories within each subject: Grade 5 Science, Grade 8 Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. All questions within the bank are well distributed among ALL of the STAAR-eligible science TEKS, and each Expectation has enough questions to stand alone as one testing unit.
- Questions for ALL of the skill subsets enumerated within each Expectation. For example, the Physics Expectation 2.P.5.F (design, construct, and calculate in terms of current through, potential differences across, resistance of, and power used by electric circuit elements connected in both series and parallel combinations) has over 100 items that combine to test all possible skill subsets (design electric circuits with elements connected in a series, calculate the effective resistance of resistors connected in parallel, and so on).
- Items match the style and prompting of released STAAR and EOC items.
- ALL STAAR-eligible question types at each tested grade level. For example, the Grade 5 Science bank includes both question types encountered on the grade 5 STAAR-- multiple choice and gridded response. Gridded-response bubble grids at each grade match the grade-level specifications established by TEA.
- Questions written to contain scenarios that interest students and include familiar contexts such as the use of Texas flora, fauna, and geography.
- Our bank is rigorously reviewed to avoid bias (scenarios are inclusive across gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion) and is constantly growing and improving.
- Test items that are rigorous and designed to test varied levels of difficulty on a depth of knowledge (DOK) scale that ranges from 1 (low) to 3 (high). The Science item bank includes over 6,500 items, of which over 5,000 have a DOK of 2 or 3.
- A large percentage of questions that test Process Student Expectations, similar to the percentage required by the state. For example, in the Physics item bank, more than 800 items test Process Student Expectations.
- Test items that are grade-level appropriate, follow the EDL guidelines for general vocabulary, adhere to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Rules and Guidelines, and focus of current scientific methodologies to encourage students to think critically and analytically.
- High-quality questions for Expectations that are notoriously difficult to test.
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