Every year, students in Texas take the STAAR test, otherwise known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.  It’s a series of standardized tests used in public schools to assess a student’s achievements and knowledge learned in the grade level.  Teachers and students prepare for this test all year long, and the stress it often brings is enough to fill the entire state.  My older children are used to this test by now, but for my 3rd grader, this is all new.  (I mean, does he even know what a #2 pencil is?)  After following these 4 tips for taking the STAAR test, I can promise that you (and your child) will only have to worry about whether or not a pencil contains #2 lead.  And teachers have that covered.  

4 Tips For Taking The STAAR Test  

Meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s strengths an struggles. Don’t wait for conference time. The sooner you meet, the sooner you can work on lessons that need reinforcing.


Take a look at the sample STAAR content, which can be found online at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/STAAR_Released_Test_Questions/


Get a good night’s rest before the test.  Don’t stress your child out. If you are trying to prepare the night before the STAAR test, chances are, it’s too late to make an impact. Trust me when I say those teachers have done what needs to be done.  The night before should be calm and relaxing. Lay out your child’s clothes, prepare their favorite meal, forget about chores and just chill.


Wake up early and head to McDonald’s for a FREE Breakfast!  On Tuesday, April 9, from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., McDonald’s restaurants in North Texas will provide free breakfast to students taking the STAAR test and their teachers!


Children in 3rd through 8th grade are invited to visit a participating McDonald’s restaurant with a parent or legal aged guardian to receive a free breakfast that includes:

  • Choice of: Egg White Delight McMuffin or Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
  • Choice of: 1% Low Fat Milk or Honest Kids Apple Juice
  • Apple Slices


North Texas area McDonald’s restaurants are also offering the same free breakfast to teachers grades 3 through 8 with a valid school I.D.
*No coupon necessary.
*Limit one breakfast per student or teacher only.
*Dine-in only.

In 2018, over 20,700 breakfasts were given to students and teachers – averaging 63 per restaurant, as a part of the STAAR Free Breakfast program.  

In addition to the STAAR Free Breakfast program, McDonald’s commitment to education includes the Archways to Opportunity™ program, which helps employees further their education and achieve their dreams, including more than 20,400 U.S. restaurant employees who have enrolled since its launch in 2015. 

Dallas Lifestyle Blogger

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