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STAAR Grade 8 Mathematics Assessment
Reporting Category 1:
Numbers, Operations, and Quantitative Reasoning
The student will demonstrate an understanding of numbers, operations, and quantitative reasoning.
(8.1) Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning.
The student understands that different forms of numbers are appropriate for different situations. The student is expected to
 A. compare and order rational numbers in various forms including integers, percents, and positive and negative fractions and decimals; Readiness Standard
 B. select and use appropriate forms of rational numbers to solve reallife problems including those involving proportional relationships;
Supporting Standard
 c. approximate (mentally [and with calculators]) the value of irrational numbers as they arise from problem situations (such as π, 2); and
Supporting Standard<
 D. express numbers in scientific notation, including negative exponents, in appropriate problem situations. Supporting Standard
(8.2)Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning.
The student selects and uses appropriate operations to solve problems and justify solutions. The student is expected to
 A. select appropriate operations to solve problems involving rational numbers and justify the selections; Supporting Standard
 B. use appropriate operations to solve problems involving rational numbers in problem situations; Readiness Standard
 C. evaluate a solution for reasonableness; and Supporting Standard
 D. use multiplication by a given constant factor (including unit rate) to represent and solve problems involving proportional relationships including conversions between measurement systems.
Supporting Standard
Reporting Category 2:
Patterns, Relationships, and Algebraic Reasoning
The student will demonstrate an understanding of patterns, relationships, and algebraic reasoning.
(8.3)Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking.
The student identifies proportional or nonproportional linear relationships in problem situations and solves problems. The student is expected to
 A. compare and contrast proportional and nonproportional linear relationships; and Supporting Standard
 B. estimate and find solutions to application problems involving percents and other proportional relationships such as similarity and rates. Readiness Standard
(8.4)Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking.
The student makes connections among various representations of a numerical relationship. The student is expected to
 A. generate a different representation of data given another representation of data (such as a table, graph, equation, or verbal description). Readiness Standard
(8.5)Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking.
The student uses graphs, tables, and algebraic representations to make predictions and solve problems. The student is expected to
 A. predict, find, and justify solutions to application problems using appropriate tables, graphs, and algebraic equations; and
Readiness Standard
 A. find and evaluate an algebraic expression to determine any term in an arithmetic sequence (with a constant rate of change).
Supporting Standard
Reporting Category 3:
Geometry and Spatial Reasoning
The student will demonstrate an understanding of geometry and spatial
reasoning.
(8.6)Geometry and spatial reasoning.
The student uses transformational geometry to develop spatial sense. The student is expected to
 A. generate similar figures using dilations including enlargements and reductions; and Readiness Standard
 B. graph dilations, reflections, and translations on a coordinate plane.
Supporting Standard
(8.7)Geometry and spatial reasoning.
The student uses geometry to model and describe the physical world. The student is expected to
 A. draw threedimensional figures from different perspectives;
Supporting Standard
 B. use geometric concepts and properties to solve problems in fields such as art and architecture; Supporting Standard
 C. use pictures or models to demonstrate the Pythagorean Theorem; and Supporting Standard
 C. locate and name points on a coordinate plane using ordered pairs of rational numbers. Supporting Standard
Reporting Category 4:
Measurement
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and uses
of measurement.
(8.8)Measurement.
The student uses procedures to determine measures of threedimensional figures. The student is expected to
 A. find lateral and total surface area of prisms, pyramids, and cylinders using [concrete] models and nets (twodimensional models);
Supporting Standard
 B. connect models of prisms, cylinders, pyramids, spheres, and cones to formulas for volume of these objects; and Supporting Standard
 C. estimate measurements and use formulas to solve application problems involving lateral and total surface area and volume.
Readiness Standard
(8.9)Measurement.
The student uses indirect measurement to solve problems. The student is expected to
 A. use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve reallife problems; and
Readiness Standard
 B. use proportional relationships in similar twodimensional figures or similar threedimensional figures to find missing measurements.
Readiness Standard
(8.10)Measurement.
The student describes how changes in dimensions affect linear, area, and volume measures. The student is expected to
 A. describe the resulting effects on perimeter and area when dimensions of a shape are changed proportionally; and
Supporting Standard
 B. describe the resulting effect on volume when dimensions of a solid are changed proportionally. Supporting Standard
Reporting Category 5:
Probability and Statistics
The student will demonstrate an understanding of probability and
statistics.
(8.11)Probability and statistics.
The student applies concepts of theoretical and experimental probability to make predictions. The student is expected to
 A. find the probabilities of dependent and independent events; and
Readiness Standard
 B. use theoretical probabilities and experimental results to make predictions and decisions. Supporting Standard
(8.12)Probability and statistics.
The student uses statistical procedures to
describe data. The student is expected to
 A. use variability (range, including interquartile range (IQR)) and select the appropriate measure of central tendency to describe a set of data and justify the choice for a particular situation;
Supporting Standard
 B. draw conclusions and make predictions by analyzing trends in scatterplots; and Supporting Standard
 B. select and use an appropriate representation for presenting and displaying relationships among collected data, including line plots, line graphs, stem and leaf plots, circle graphs, bar graphs, box and whisker plots, histograms, and Venn diagrams, with and without the use of technology. Supporting Standard
(8.13)Probability and statistics.
The student evaluates predictions and conclusions based on statistical data. The student is expected to
 A. evaluate methods of sampling to determine validity of an inference made from a set of data; and Supporting Standard
 B. recognize misuses of graphical or numerical information and evaluate predictions and conclusions based on data analysis.
Readiness Standard
Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools
These skills will not be listed under a separate recording category. Instead, they will be incorporated into at least 75% of the test questions in reporting categories 1–5 and will be identified along with content standards.
(8.14)Underlying processes and mathematical tools.
The student applies Grade 8 mathematics to solve problems connected to everyday experiences, investigations in other disciplines, and activities in and
outside of school. The student is expected to
 A. identify and apply mathematics to everyday experiences, to activities in and outside of school, with other disciplines, and with other mathematical topics;
 B. use a problemsolving model that incorporates understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness;
 c. select or develop an appropriate problemsolving strategy from a variety of different types, including drawing a picture, looking for a pattern, systematic guessing and checking, acting it out, making a table, working a simpler problem, or working backwards to solve a problem; and
 D. select tools such as real objects, manipulatives, paper/pencil, and technology or techniques such as mental math, estimation, and number sense to solve problems.
(8.15)Underlying processes and mathematical tools.
The student communicates about Grade 8 mathematics through informal and mathematical language, representations, and models. The student is expected to
 A. communicate mathematical ideas using language, efficient tools, appropriate units, and graphical, numerical, physical, or algebraic mathematical models.
(8.16)Underlying processes and mathematical tools.
The student uses logical reasoning to make conjectures and verify conclusions. The student is expected to
 A. make conjectures from patterns or sets of examples and nonexamples; and
 A. validate his/her conclusions using mathematical properties and relationships.
