Teachers preparing for STAAR testing next week

1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, March 30 2022 Mar 30, 2022 March 30, 2022 6:31 PM March 30, 2022 in News - Local

STAAR end of course testing for Brownsville ISD English one and English two students will begin on April 5, and teachers have been working to get them ready, including Robert Rivera, who’s been teaching for over 20 years.

“All that preparation - I know it's going to benefit the kids and start closing those gaps slowly, but surely,” said Rivera, a Faulk Middle School teacher.

Rivera said there has been a learning loss students and teachers have dealt with over the past two years without the face-to-face interaction.

“I like to walk around and see how kids are grasping the concepts, so by them being away, it did create a lot of learning loss,” Rivera said. “However, we can't make excuses now, we have to move forward and look at the data.”

Rivera says the results will help teachers and the district understand how students are progressing - and see if what they're doing in the classroom is working.

“It has been apparent that COVID has widened the learning gap," said Beatriz Hernandez, Director of Assessment Research and Evaluation at Brownsville ISD. "However, teachers feel that these learning gaps can be reached and bridged.”

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