STAAR Test Maker's Item Bank

  • Database includes 60,000 of the highest-quality Reading, Mathematics, Writing, Science, and EOC items for use in Texas schools in grades 1 through 11.
  • All items specifically written to the STAAR Readiness and Supporting Standards and the latest TEKS Expectations.
  • All items written, edited, and designed by Texas educators and our in-house team of experienced assessment writers and editors.
  • All items look just like those that appear on the STAAR exam.
  • Items include Texas-specific contexts wherever possible.
  • Item bank is continually refined and updated, based upon user input and ever-changing Texas Education Agency requirements.

Question Types

STAAR Test Maker features all question types found on the real STAAR exams.

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Multiple Choice Test Items

Below are some of the guidelines we follow in constructing multiple-choice test items:

  • Multiple-choice test items take about one minute to answer.
  • Multiple-choice test items have four answer choices. By default, these answer choices are labeled like the real STAAR test (A,B,C,D or F,G,H,I) for alternating items.
  • All multiple-choice test items have only one correct answer, and answer choices are presented vertically underneath the question.
  • All distractors are plausible, relevant, and appropriate for the tested grade level.
  • Test items are constantly reviewed to eliminate indications of bias. Masculine pronouns are not used to identify both sexes.

Gridded Response and Fill-In Response Test Items

Below are some of the guidelines we follow in constructing gridded-response test items:

  • Gridded-response and fill-in response items take an average of 1.5 minutes per item to answer.
  • Bubble grids used in gridded-response test items contain four, five, six, or seven columns. Each column contains the digits 0 through 9 enclosed in bubbles.
  • Test items are constantly reviewed to eliminate indications of bias. Masculine pronouns are not used to identify both sexes.

Cognitive Complexity

STAAR Test Maker follows the Texas Education Agency’s guidelines when classifying the cognitive complexity of test items.

The cognitive complexity categories—low complexity, moderate complexity, and high complexity—form a description of the demands an item may make on a student. This classification is an integral component of STAAR Test Maker’s item creation process.

Educators can sort and select test items by cognitive complexity as appropriate for the tested benchmarks.

Editorial Process

The item review process consists of constant content editing. Each item is reviewed by four of our subject-matter experts during the initial round of edits, and then by two subject-matter experts for the second round of edits. This second edit is a bias edit, which is done to ensure all populations are represented fairly and to verify the item's scenario does not give a particular population an advantage in answering due to background and experience. Once bias edits are completed, items are returned to the subject-matter experts for final review.

The last step in the item review process is copy editing. All items that have been edited for content and bias are then submitted to a copy editor who corrects any grammatical or stylistic errors. Copy editors also make sure all items have a consistent look and feel according to the subject, grade, and test specifications.

    In addition to test specifications and other project documents that govern item development, the item development team uses:

  • Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
  • EDL Core vocabularies in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
  • Lexile Readability Analyzer
  • Dale-Chall Readability Index
  • Spache Readability Index

The item development flow chart below outlines the process followed by our team of educational and assessment specialists. Progress Testing has followed this process for many years to consistently yield rigorous, reliable, and valid test items.

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