State Releases Latest Results For New STAAR Exam

Last spring students in Texas took the brand new standardized exam. It's called the STAAR and stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. From the KUHF Education Desk, Laura Isensee reports on the latest test scores.

The Texas Education Agency released statewide results Tuesday for students in grades three through eighth on the new STAAR exam.

In reading the passing rates ranged from 75 to 80 percent.

In math, they were lower — between 68 and 77 percent.

The Houston Independent School District had slightly lower passing rates than the state.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams says the scores should help parents and teachers.

“They can use the results in a couple of different ways. It tells you where we’ve been stronger, it tells where we have some work to do. Schools now have some little more diagnostic tools from the results that they can now know where they may need sharpen up and harden up their curriculum.“

High school students already got results back from their end of course exams.

But younger kids had to wait.

Williams says the state will work harder on a faster turn-around.

“This was the obviously first administration of the exam.  And obviously there were some kinks obviously in the process. Let us see if we can improve the delivery of this process the next rendition of the test.”

This year students who fail won’t be held back.

From the KUHF education desk I’m Laura Isensee.

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Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for KUHF, including K-12 and higher education.

Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and regularly contributed to WLRN, the local NPR affiliate and Miami Herald news partner...