STAAR-EOC SCORES UP CONSIDERABLY — LOWEST IN WRITING — TEA

Feb 5, 2013 by

texas wide open for businessThis Texas Education Agency link gives the state results for each grade level — not for each school and school district yet.  That will come after students have taken the Grades 3 – 8 STAAR and the Grade 10 STAAR/EOC’s during the 2012-13 school year:

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/staar/rpt/sum/yr12/

Below, I have posted two articles from Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams.  The first is the article about the passing rates of 10th graders who took the STAAR/EOC’s last school year – 2011 – 2012.  The second article is about the passing rates of Grades 3 – 8 students who took the STAAR tests in school year 2011 – 2012.  – Donna Garner

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ARTICLE #1

 

1.29.13 – Texas Education Agency

 

STAAR/End-of-Course Test Results for First Group of Testers – Present 10th Graders

 

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=2147511573

 

Commissioner Williams announces STAAR end-of-course
passing rates climb for first group of testers

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams announced today that the latest cumulative results in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™)
end-of-course (EOC) assessments reveal an increase in passing rates for current 10th-grade students.

 

 

The STAAR end-of-course tests were given for the first time last spring to 9th-grade students. The cumulative results track that group of students, including those who had the opportunity
to retake in the summer and fall any end-of-course exams they initially failed.

 

 

Williams noted that in some cases, the final cumulative passing rate for specific subject areas jumped by more than 10 percent from the initial spring administration of the tests. Increases
(per individual subject area) for students who initially took the EOC assessments as 9th graders in spring 2012 include:

 

  • Algebra I
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:         76.8%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          84.7%
  • English I – Reading
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:          67.7%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          81.2%
  • English I – Writing
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:          54.4%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          72.6%
  • Biology
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:          86.4%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          91.0%
  • World Geography
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:          79.7%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          84.8%

“The improvement in overall performance is directly attributable to the hard work of students and educators across our state,” said Commissioner Williams. “While there is still work to be done to ensure success for all, these improved numbers are indicative of what can occur when the focus is on students and a commitment to achieve success in the classroom.”

 

The results below show the passing rates for the first administration and the cumulative passing rate after three testing opportunities. The figures do not include any current 10th-grade students who may have enrolled in the public schools since the tests were first given.

 

STAAR End-of-Course Passing Rates – Grade 9

Spring 2012 Passing Rates

Cumulative Passing Rates

Algebra 1

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

Algebra 1

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

Passed

192,127

76.8%

Passed

211,988

84.7%

Did Not Pass

58,187

23.2%

Did Not Pass

38,326

15.3%

English 1 – Reading

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

English 1 – Reading

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

Passed

223,910

67.7%

Passed

268,266

81.2%

Did Not Pass

106,640

32.3%

Did Not Pass

62,284

18.8%

English 1 – Writing

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

English 1 – Writing

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

Passed

179,734

54.4%

Passed

240,060

72.6%

Did Not Pass

150,939

45.6%

Did Not Pass

90,613

27.4%

Biology

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

Biology

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

Passed

277,956

86.4%

Passed

292,675

91.0%

Did Not Pass

43,773

13.6%

Did Not Pass

29,054

9.0%

World Geography

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

World Geography

# of
Students

Passing
Rate

Passed

259,494

79.7%

Passed

276,029

84.8%

Did Not Pass

65,913

20.3%

Did Not Pass

49,378

15.2%

Cumulative Passing Rate includes all administrations (Spring, Summer, Fall 2012)

 

Through the Texas Education Agency’s online learning community, Project Share, the agency has provided the free OnTrack Lessons at no cost to all Texas districts and open-enrollment charters. The online lessons are aligned to the state’s curriculum standards for math, English, science and social studies. Many school districts have used these supplemental lessons to help bolster the skills of students who failed end-of-course exams or who need additional practice in preparation for the exams.

 

Statewide results for the December EOC retests are available at  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/staar/rpt/sum/yr12/ . These results include any student who took the EOCs, and not just the cohort tracked in this study.  Results for individual districts are available from local districts and charters.

 

Page last modified on 1/29/2013.

 

 

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ARTICLE #2

 

1.29.13 – Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams releases passing rates on STAAR Tests (Grades 3 – 8)

 

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=2147511653

 

 

Williams: Passing rates top 70 percent
for most STAAR tests in grades 3-8

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams announced today that passing rates on most State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) tests for grades 3-8 topped 70 percent in 2012. The STAAR was given for the first time in Texas public and charter schools last spring.

 

 

Among the results for grades 3-8, the highest passing rates are seen on some 8th grade tests.  Eighty percent of eighth-grade students passed the STAAR reading test, 76 percent passed the STAAR mathematics test, and 70 percent passed the STAAR science test.

 

 

“We have set the bar higher with a more rigorous test, and our students and teachers are already on a path to meeting those higher expectations,” Commissioner Williams said. “I have no doubt results in future years will continue to improve but only if our state elects to keep the focus on educating every child in every classroom in every district across Texas.”

 

According to results compiled by the Texas Education Agency, the subject area with the highest STAAR passing rate at each grade level includes:

  • 3rd Grade: Reading (76%)
  • 4th Grade: Reading (77%)
  • 5th Grade: Reading (77%) and Mathematics (77%)
  • 6th Grade: Mathematics (77%)
  • 7th Grade: Reading (76%)
  • 8th Grade: Reading (80%)

Commissioner Williams noted the passing percentages for all areas (except three) are at 70 percent or better. The lowest passing rate (59%) occurred on the 8th grade social studies test could be attributed to the inclusion of new social studies curriculum content, as well as the use of more primary sources in test questions than occurred previously on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).


“I recognize there has been a lot of anxiety surrounding STAAR tests, but I believe these are encouraging passing rates for the first year of a new more rigorous test,” Commissioner Williams said. “Clearly, we still have work to do, but I remain optimistic that passing rates will rise this spring in the second administration of STAAR, just as they have traditionally done in the second year of a new testing program.”

 

Following are passing rates for the Grade 3-8 assessments.

 

Passing Rates for 2012 STAAR
Grades 3-8

Grade

Reading

Mathematics

Writing

Science

Social Studies

3

76%

68%

4

77%

68%

71%

5

77%

77%

73%

6

75%

77%

7

76%

71%

71%

8

80%

76%

70%

59%

–  STAAR not required for grade level

 

As with the high school STAAR tests, passing standards are being phased in for the elementary and middle school tests using a four-year, two-step process. This approach provides school districts with time to adjust instruction, provide additional training for teachers, and close knowledge gaps.

 

 

Although students first took the STAAR tests last spring, the passing standards were not finalized until recently for grades 3-8. State law required the passing rates to be set on the high school end-of-course exams first, with the standards for tests in lower grades aligned to those standards. Passing standards for the end-of-course assessments were established last spring.

 

 

For spring 2013 testing, results will be released on the normal schedule, which is typically by the end of the school year.

 

 

Additional information about grades 3-8 results can be found on the STAAR resources webpage athttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/ under the statewide summary reports link. A question and answer document and technical details about the standard setting process are also available on that page.

 

Page last modified on 1/29/2013.

 

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

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