After a second year administering Texas’ newest assessment test to students, the Copperas Cove school district said overall passing rates met or exceeded those at the state level for most grades.

The district last week released data from the second year of testing under the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. The scores include STAAR results for students in grades three through eight, as well as high school freshmen and sophomores who took STAAR end-of-course exams in multiple subject areas.

“We are very proud of our students and teachers as we continue to navigate this transition to a new accountability system,” said Cindy Hutcherson, the district’s executive director of academic services.

The STAAR system was designed to be more rigorous than past tests, and to focus on preparing students for college. The scoring system is three-tiered, and students must score in the second level of “satisfactory” or the third level “advanced” to be considered passing.

According to the district, students in grades six through eight met or exceeded state averages in all subjects, across all grades. Grades three through five exceeded all state averages except fourth-grade math, which was within one point of the state’s average.

Cove’s high school EOC scores met or exceeded the state averages in English I & II reading, English I writing, algebra I, geometry, algebra II, biology, world geography and world history.

Next year, the total number of high school exams will be reduced from 15 to five tests, thanks to legislation passed by Texas lawmakers this year.

With its second year of STAAR testing complete, the district must prepare students for an across-the-board increase in the number of questions students must answer correctly to pass the test in the 2013-2014 school year.

“We will continue to work collaboratively to improve student achievement,” Hutcherson said.

Cove STAAR results

CCISD students placing satisfactory or above:

  • Reading ELA: 79 percent
  • Math: 79 percent
  • Writing: 60 percent
  • Social studies: 75 percent
  • Science: 83 percent

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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