Results and data from the state’s new standardized tests are beginning to trickle in to school districts.
Representatives from the Texas Education Agency confirmed Thursday that school districts, including those in Central Texas, received some results from the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams.
The data reveals students’ performance on the tests, which has been billed as more rigorous and geared toward college readiness than its predecessors, and will eventually be used to rate the accountability of school districts.
Districts received STAAR test results for the fifth and eighth grades in math and reading, said DeEtta Culbertson, a spokesperson for the agency.
“Those results were provided to the district in April,” Culbertson said. “They should be getting the bulk of the results for the rest of the elementary school grades by May 22.”
Speaking Thursday, the Killeen Independent School District’s chief academic officer, Diana Miller, confirmed the district received the fifth- and eighth-grade math and reading results.
“We get those back early because those grades fall under the Student Success Initiative,” Miller said. “That means that students must pass those exams to move on to the next grade.
“We use the data to support our instructional programs, and it allows us to see our strengths and areas of improvement so we can adjust our curriculum,” she said.
Miller said it was too soon to say how well students did, because the results only covered two grades and because even those students would have the chance to retake the tests.
“I think there is some improvement (from the previous year), and we know that our students and staff have worked very hard,” Miller said. “I don’t think we have enough data back yet to create any sort of comparison at this point.”
Miller said the district expects to receive additional results for elementary schools next week. Results for high school students are expected May 31.
Last year, more than 319,000 Texas students, most of them ninth-graders, took five of STAAR’s end-of-course exams; more than 80 percent of students passed the algebra, biology and world geography exams.
The agency’s data showed 68 percent of students passed the STAAR English I reading exam, and only 55 percent passed the writing exam.
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