Math class today was centered around giving the MSTAR. The purpose of the screener is to determine student's algebra readiness as they work through middle school. This screener is through TEA (Texas Education Agency). They begin the screener in 5th grade to help us identify students who need additional instruction to support their algebra readiness. The official wording from the website is:
Middle School Students in Texas Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Universal ScreenerThe MSTAR Universal Screener is a formative assessment system administered to students in grades 5-8 to support instructional decisions. The content of the MSTAR Universal Screener is based on algebra-readiness skills as identified in the Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points. Results can help teachers identify students who are in need of additional instructional support in their development of knowledge and skills that relate directly to algebra readiness. Teachers will be able to monitor students' risk status by administering comparable forms of the MSTAR Universal Screener in fall, winter, and early spring.
As you can see, we will give this screener in the fall, winter, and early spring.
Please make plans to attend our Parent Meeting tonight at 6:00 in the Elementary Cafeteria.