A LYS Principal asks the following:

Just checking in to see if we’re on the right track.  We have our 18-day embedded STAAR review set up and running in our 8th grade classes. But I’m wondering if this is the most effective way to provide additional support for struggling students.  Right now, before school we have 2-days per week we can use for additional Math support and 2-days per week for additional Reading support. Is there is any format that would be better?

SC Response I checked with another LYS coach and here is what she shared.

The review structure is good, stick with the plan.  You should take a deeper look at the STAAR Test. Study which TEKS are assessed the most and cross reference that with your campus common assessment data. Then during the before school sessions tutor on the deepest holes that are also the most assessed, then next most assessed and so on.  That way you get the biggest bang for your buck.

Also, make sure you are have students practice with multi-step process and STAAR similar questions.  Facts in isolation work is of little use. 

Finally, don’t forget your 6th and 7th graders.

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