ThinkUp! for Texas is being revised for the 2022-23 school year. These updates will address the ELAR → RLA updates and the STAAR Redesign. Review our FAQs below for more information.
- Will the assessment texts of ThinkUp! change with the revision?
No. The selections released in 2018 represent the intentions of the TEKS—that is, they represent a wide variety of the genres listed in the ELAR standards, they provide students with “mirrors” or “windows” into the diversity of cultures in our world, they were written within an appropriate Lexile band for the grade level, and so forth. To help teachers further understand the cross-curricular connections of the assessment texts, a new section has been added to the Teacher Edition to show how the texts’ topics and themes connect with TEKS from various content areas. This new section also supports the movement by TEA that by 2024, the informational texts featured on the state assessment will relate to grade-level cross-curricular TEKS.
In order to support students and teachers with an understanding and application of the technology-enhanced items, some items associated with the selections have been revised. In every unit at grades 3-8 in English and 3-5 in Spanish, approximately two assessment items have been designed to approximate technology-enhanced items. Though these items are in print and students will be assessed with technology-enhanced items in a digital environment, it is important that students have exposure to the format of these items and even more important, that students are able to do the kind and level of thinking that is required to understand and answer these items. All of the technology-enhanced item types that TEA has indicated are appropriate for students are featured in ThinkUp! RLA, giving students familiarity with the new item types they can expect to encounter on the state assessment, English and Spanish.
Another addition to ThinkUp! RLA is the inclusion of line and paragraph references within item stems and options. These references mimic the content students will encounter on the state assessment and support students as they return to the text to determine or formulate responses based on text evidence.
- How will Short-Constructed Response and Extended-Constructed Response questions be addressed?
ThinkUp! RLA features both short-constructed response items and extended-constructed response items at grades 3-8 in English and grades 3-5 in Spanish.
Short-constructed response items are featured in every unit and follow the assessment multiple-choice and TEI-approximate items. These items are important instructionally because student responses provide teachers with access to students’ understandings (and misunderstandings) of the unit focus TEKS. In the Teacher Edition, each short-constructed response item includes a detailed 2-point scoring rubric tailored to that specific item. These rubrics can be used instructionally because they refer specifically to the textual evidence that students could use to appropriately support a top-scoring response.
An extended-constructed response prompt is included in every unit and is formatted according to a sample released by TEA. Also included are scaffolded steps that guide students as they formulate thoughts and then organize those thoughts into a well-written essay that includes evidence from the text. Throughout ThinkUp! RLA, students will gain practice in writing in both the informational and argument modes, as these are the modes that will be featured on the state assessment, and a rubric for scoring responses in each mode is provided in the Teacher Edition. To further support teachers’ instructional use of extended-constructed response items, “A Guide for Teaching Students How to Write Extended Constructed Responses” is included in the Teacher Resources section of the Teacher Edition to help teachers guide students with practical steps as they analyze and annotate a text, organize their writing, and compose an evidence-based response.
- Will Revising and Editing selections be included?
Yes. When our ThinkUp! ELAR product was first released in 2018, revising and editing was included as a component and each unit featured either a revising text and associated items or an editing text and associated items. The revising/editing component addressed 100% of the revising and editing TEKS and was formatted based on the released revising/editing samples from TEA. The revised ThinkUp! RLA product that will be released for the 2022 school year will include an additional revising or editing set in each unit! Because of this addition of content, teachers will have greater flexibility in how they choose to use these two sets of revising/editing content in every unit at grades 2-8 in English and grades 2-5 in Spanish.
- Will ThinkUp! be revised to align to STAAR Redesign?
Yes. Math Levels 3–8 and Science Levels 5 and 8 will be revised to include print approximations of the new STAAR item types. These revisions will be available in the print product and also digitally in the Teacher Toolbox.
ThinkUp! Math (Levels 3–8) will continue to provide practice with STAAR formatted multiple-choice items, but will also include multi-select, drag-and-drop, hot spot, graphing, equation editor/text entry, inline choice, match table grid, number line, and fraction model items.
ThinkUp! Science (levels 5 and 8) will continue to provide practice with STAAR formatted multiple-choice items, but will also include multi-select, drag-and-drop, hot spot, short-constructed response, equation editor/text entry, and multi-part items.
- Will ThinkUp! Spanish be revised?
Yes, Spanish ThinkUp! Math (Levels 3–5) and ThinkUp! Science (Level 5) are being updated and will include the new item types.