At this point the main concern of parents, students and teachers is not knowing what to aim for when they are taking the test. that is because as of today the state of Texas has not set a passing score for the staar test. Though the test is coming soon, schools are concerned about not knowing what scores students will need to pass the STAAR end of course. We are told scores will be divided in three tiers and that a student must score in tier 2 to pass and in tier three to graduate in the distinguished plan. They just don't know exactly how many points each tier represents.
"The state does not have standards for that yet. We don't know what the cumulative number is. We don't know what is the passing standard yet, so that makes it very difficult."
But even without a score in mind, students keep getting ready to excel
"We've been preparing for the rigor and to make sure that the students are acquiring the knowledge without knowing what is a passing standard"
Though the standard score has not been set, there are other facts very clear to the students. They have four hours to finish each test. And a ray of light that came in last minute on February 17th was that it was announced that for this year, the score will not count for 15% of their class final grade.
"So we felt that it was in the best interest of the students that at this time it will be deferred until we actually have standards."
The Texas Education Agency stated a standard will be set by the end of this month.