ABILENE, TX -

Teachers and students are working together to get ready for the STAAR tests.

Students are required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam, otherwise known as the STAAR test. It covers the core subject areas: Math, Science, Social Studies and English.

Chief Academic Officer Kyle Wiskow discussed how often tutoring is available for students.

"We do tutoring throughout the day," Wiskow said. "Teachers tutor like I said before and after school, a minimum of three days a week. We do lunch time tutoring. We also do tutoring through our extended school program."

The tutoring offered focuses on the subject and "EOC," or end of course tests. An assessment that covers grades and previous tests scores helps to decide how to tutor each student.

"The tutoring is determined if they've failed to meet standard on an EOC, they're due extra tutoring or if they've failed to meet standard on a TAKS exit exam," Wiskow said.

For some students, the studying process can be stressful. Teachers try to lessen the mounting emotions by catering to each student's individual needs.
   
"Students who can handle the curriculum on the computer by themselves, they take an assessment they're given tailored to their need, what material they need," Director of the Extended School Program Heath Wright said.

Throughout the sessions, students are given practice tests to prepare for what they will see in the big exam.

Tutoring at Abilene High School runs Monday though Friday from 7:30-8:30 am and 3:35-7:00 pm.  At Cooper High School, Monday through Thursday from 3:35-6:00 pm.  At Woodson High School, Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm.  Students at ATEMS high school can go to one of the other three locations for help.