;Staar Master helped us

– Olga S. Principal from DFW area

“ECS products have truly enhanced and ready students for the state STAAR assessment. ECS has created a standard model for our students to be convenient and certain on the STAAR test.”

– Margaret L. Instructional Teacher Advisor from South Texas

TAKS MASTER® helped our school achieve Exemplary Status for four years in a row–we are looking forward to the same result from STAAR MASTER !”

– Pam G. Grade Four Lead Teacher from Northeast Texas

“Our Teachers appreciated having STAAR MASTER in the classroom. They praised the rigor of your products.”

– Cary S. Elementary Instructional Supervisor from Rio Grande Valley

“I have always been enormously pleased with your products. I have done a side-by-side comparison with [competitor name] and [competitor name], and it was fairly clear the only thing these companies switched was the front cover.”

– Gail C. Junior High School Teacher from Dallas area

Credible.
Developed based on TEA test blueprints.
Our product development process is based on the highest integrity standards. To create the fresh STAAR MASTER® books, we used information provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) about the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR ® ), including the documents and updates listed below.

Authentic.
Reflects key characteristics of STAAR.
Enhanced rigor. Items included in the STAAR MASTER books assess abilities at a greater depth and level of cognitive complexity. Each item is identified by its level of cognitive complexity (low, moderate, high), with the majority of questions in each book falling within the moderate-high range.

Emphasis on readiness standards considered critical for success at a grade level. Items included in the STAAR MASTER books mirror the correct balance of readiness and supporting standards to provide meaningful, authentic practice for the STAAR.

More open-ended (griddable) items in math and science. STAAR MASTER math and science books include more griddable items so students can derive answers independently.

Assessment of process abilities within context in math, science, and social studies. STAAR MASTER books reflect this significant switch. For example, most items in the math books assess both a skill skill and a process skill, with both abilities identified for each item.

Fresh.
Includes brand-new material & strategies.

  • Brand-new material in all books
  • Range of topics to interest students
  • Clear identification of tested abilities
  • Repeated practice in a diversity of contexts
  • Master list of standards and expectations
  • Correlation charts for selected subjects
  • Suggested instructing strategies
  • Bibliography of research references
  • Finish reaction keys
  • Clear, consistent layout

STAAR MASTER® will prepare your classroom for success using a multitude of instructional technologies!

Plan a successful school year using STAAR MASTER :

(Sample Lesson Plan for Reading and Mathematics)

STAAR MASTER Practice Tests are good for benchmark and formative assessments!

STAAR MASTER Practice Tests go after the blueprints for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR test). With this comprehensive resource:

  • student concentrate on mastery of all required abilities
  • students build test-taking confidence
  • teachers lightly address all the STAAR-eligible TEKS
  • teachers ensure depth of understanding based on built-in complexity levels
  • Reflect the kinds of items students might encounter on the actual STAAR
  • Broad range of topics and ideas of interest to students
  • Practice items concentrate on eligible TEKS-based standards
  • Items labeled for effortless identification of the TEKS-based reporting category, standard, and expectations
  • Repeated practice for students in diversity of contexts
  • “Griddable response” items (math), which reflect the format used randomly via the actual STAAR assessment
  • Teacher Guide (included free with your order) –

  • Overview of Practice Test and key characteristics of the STAAR program
  • Description of STAAR MASTER complexity levels
  • Master list of STAAR-eligible standards and expectations
  • Finish response key (with corresponding complexity levels for the items)
  • Two forms of the STAAR MASTER Practice Test (Form A & B) NOW AVAILABLE! Grades 3-5 available in Spanish.

    Fine for benchmarking and diagnostics!

    STAAR MASTER Practice Test Samples (Two forms available for purchase)

    Thank you for your interest in the fresh STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books and Practice Tests. The ECS product development team worked diligently on this fresh series. To give you a general idea of the content and format of the STAAR MASTER books, we have uploaded sample pages for 3rd-8th grade above.

    The format of the fresh STAAR MASTER books will be similar to the format of the fresh test. STAAR MASTER books will be just as superb as the TAKS MASTER® books that your students have been using.

    STAAR MASTER books will include all fresh reading passages, math problems, and writing activities. If you liked our very popular TAKS MASTER books, you will love the STAAR MASTER books.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.

    Order your STAAR MASTER Practice Tests today!

    The following chart outlines the upcoming STAAR Test dates for the 2016-2017 school year.

    STAAR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Q. Why are single copies of the STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books not sold?
    A.We do not have a series that is sold as single copies. The STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books are sold in packs (Mini Packs of Ten, Petite Packs of 20, Class Packs of 30, and School Packs of 40+). The packs are usually purchased by schools, not by individuals. They are also non-reproducible books. They are value-priced to provide one book per student.

    Q. How are STAAR MASTER Teacher Guides sold?
    A.A FREE Teacher Guide is included with each pack. For School Packs, an extra Teacher Guide will be included free for each extra 30 copies ordered.

    Q. Can I share the STAAR MASTER materials with a teacher from another class?
    A.As long as you are not cracking/violating the Copyright law. Note, these are not reproducible materials. They are value-priced to provide one book or practice test per student, even if divided inbetween teachers or classrooms.

    The Copyright statement in STAAR MASTER materials reads:
    Copyright infringement is a disturbance of Federal Law.
    © by ECS Learning Systems, Inc. Bulverde, Texas. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, translated, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any way or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without prior written permission from ECS Learning Systems, Inc.

    Reproduction of any part of this publication for an entire school or for a school system, by for-profit institutions and tutoring centers, or for commercial sale is rigorously prohibited.

    Printed in the United States of America. STAAR MASTER is a registered trademark of ECS Learning Systems, Inc.

    Q. Is ECS Learning Systems the Foot Source Provider of STAAR MASTER Material?
    A.Yes, ECS Learning Systems is the Foot Source Provider of STAAR MASTER Material. To request a Foot Source letter or to submit a Foot Source form, please call a Customer Service Specialist at 1.800.688.3224.

    Q. Are the STAAR MASTER books the same as the old TAKS MASTER books with fresh covers?
    A.No. STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books have all-new content. Teachers tell us that competitors have simply switched the covers on old materials. Rest assured, as you have come to expect, we developed all-new, challenging content to prepare your students for the rigor of STAAR.

    Q. Do the STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books have the same passages and practice items as the TAKSMASTER books?
    A.No. STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books have all-new content. Teachers tell us other publishers have repackaged old material. We developed fresh content.

    Q. Do you have Figure Nineteen in the STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books?
    A.Yes.

    Q. Do the Writing books have writing prompts?
    A.Yes, the Grade Four & 7 Student Practice Books contain the writing prompts.

    Q. How are the STAARMASTER Practice Tests different from the STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books?
    A.The Practice Tests are meant for assessment and not for instructing the TEKS standards. They may be used for diagnostic and prescriptive purposes. The Practice Tests are 24 to 32 pages long and do not contain as many questions per TEKS standard, whereas the Student Practice Books contain numerous questions to train each TEKS standard.

    Q. We’ve seen the sample, but how do we know what the entire book is like without watching it?
    A.We do not sample the entire book. We are sure that teachers will like the STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books, so we suggest a hassle-free ensure.

    Q. Is there an assessment at the end of the STAARMASTER Student Practice Book for Math?
    A.No. STAAR MASTER Practice Tests are available for assessment.

    Q. Is there a pretest or diagnostic test with the STAARMASTER Student Practice Books?
    A.No. STAAR MASTER Practice Tests are available to use as a pre-test and/or a diagnostic test.

    Q. Will the STAAR MASTER Practice Test be enough to prepare students for the STAAR test?
    A.The STAAR MASTER Practice Tests cannot substitute for the Student Practice Books. The Practice Tests are meant for assessment.

    Q. Will the STAAR MASTER Series be updated for the fresh math TEKS?
    A. We are currenlty revising our STAAR MASTER® Student Practice Books and Practice Tests to align with the fresh math TEKS. The Student Practice Books and Practice Tests for grades 3-5 will be available this September, and the Student Practice Books and Practice Tests for grades 6-8 will be available this December. You may even place advance orders for these products, if you wish. To do so, you may contact our customer care department at 1.800.688.3224.

    Q. How do you know what is on the STAAR test?
    A.In developing the STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books, ECS relied on information and publications provided by the Texas Education Agency, including the following publications:

    • Eligible Texas Essential Skill and Abilities (TEKS) for all subjects and grade levels
    • STAAR Blueprints for all subjects and grade levels
    • 2011 Released Test Questions for all subjects and grade levels
    • Assessing Process Abilities for Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics
    • Test Design Schematics (Reading, Grades Trio–8 and Writing, Grades Four and 7)
    • Griddable Item Format for Science and Mathematics

    Q. How do your books match up with the released samples?
    A. ECS has used TEA’s released samples as a guide, along with the other information and publications provided by TEA.

    Q. Will revisions be made once we all see the total exam?
    A.ECS permanently reviews and revises its products. Any major switches exposed in the utter exam will be addressed in future editions of our books or through supplements to the books.

    Q. When will STAAR MASTER products be in teacher supply stores?
    A.We do not have a definite publication date.

    Q. Do you have STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books in Spanish for Writing?
    A. STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books in Spanish for writing are not yet available.

    Download and Print the STAAR FAQ

    STAAR – A Fresh Assessment Model: A Comparison of Assessment Attributes (TAKS to STAAR)

    STAAR – Assessing Process Abilities

    STAAR – Eligible Texas Essential Skill and Abilities (TEKS), Reading, Math, Writing, Social Studies, and Science, Grades Trio–8

    Test Design and Setting Student Spectacle Standards for STAAR, Grades Three–8

    Blueprints for STAAR, Reading, Math, Writing, Social Studies, and Science, Grades Trio–8

    STAAR – Test Design Schematics, Reading and Writing, Grades 3-8; House Bill Three Transition Plan

    Research Letters/Extra Information:

    Our Hassle-Free Unconditional Ensure

    If for any reason a product does not meet your needs or expectations, we will be most blessed to assist you with a quick, hassle-free exchange, credit, or refund. Simply contact our Customer Care Product Specialists for instructions and a comeback authorization number. All comebacks must be in resalable condition and returned within 30 days of receipt. Shipping/treating/insurance charges cannot be refunded. When you receive your order, please check it cautiously to be sure it meets your satisfaction before applying school stamps, bar code labels, etc. Stamped or processed books cannot be returned.

    Please note, STAAR MASTER Practice Tests are non-returnable.

    If materials are sent back by UPS/FedEx, please use our street address: 2709 Bulverde Rd. Bulverde, TX 78163.

    If your materials are returned by U.S. Postal Service, please use P.O. Box 440, Bulverde, TX 78163-0440.

    Note: STAAR MASTER is a registered trademark of ECS Learning Systems, Inc. STAAR is a registered trademark of Texas Education Agency. STAAR MASTER and ECS Learning Systems, Inc. are not affiliated with or sponsored by the Texas Education Agency or the State of Texas. TAKS MASTER is a registered trademark of ECS Learning Systems, Inc.

    Conditions of Sale

    Please note that ECS Learning Systems, Inc. is the foot provider of STAAR MASTER products to public school teachers, public schools and independent School Districts. ECS Learning Systems does not permit other companies or individuals to sell/distribute these materials. The purchase/use of STAAR MASTER products by for-profit enterprises and tutoring services is stringently prohibited. The buyer of STAAR MASTER products is prohibited from selling/distributing them using any means.

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