STAAR Test Results Show Less Students Passed Compared to Last Year
Jul 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM CST
Jul 8, 2013
The STAAR results are in, and the numbers are not looking substantial for either district. Looking at exams that students are required to pass for graduation, Alexander had the biggest drop in results compared to last year. The schools biggest drops came in Writing and Algebra I. Last year, 64-percent of students received passing scores in writing; this year only 40-percent, which is a 24-percent difference. In Algebra, 74-percent passed last year compared to this years 56-percent. District officials say they are working to improve every schools test scores. "We don't settle for less. We understand where we're at and we immediately get to work to make sure we are looking out for our students because we want them to be LISD’s English I writing exam was the most alarming. Only 16-percent of students from Martin high school passed, 17-percent from Cigarroa, and 23-percent from Nixon high school; a total decrease of 18-percent for the district. "I can tell you we have kids that did really well on the EOC and the STAAR test. We have teachers that overall their classes did a great job. But at the same time we still have a lot to do to get our kids where they need to be. We believe college should be an option for every kid or at least college or an opportunity to work." LISD's best subject out of the five tests now required to graduate was Algebra, where 53-percent passed. UISD excelled best in biology, 78-percent of their students passed. But what could have caused the decrease? According to the Teacher Education Associations website, the test will slowly become more rigorous until 2016. This year there was a few more questions students were required to answer correctly to pass and every year until 2016 the number of questions students must answer correctly will increase.