Thursday, June 21, 2012
Austin Students in Grades 3-8 Do Well on Preliminary Results of New STAAR Test
On Wednesday, TEA released preliminary statewide results for grades 3 through 8 for the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which has replaced the TAKS test in grades 3-9. Preliminary findings indicate that AISD students met or exceeded state averages on 14 of the 17 tests that were administered in English to students in grades 3-8.
• For tests administered in English, AISD students exceeded the state averages in Math and Reading at grades 3, 4 and 5. The district averages for 4th grade Writing, 5th grade Science and 6th grade Math were also higher than those of the state.
• AISD equaled the state averages in 6 tests (Grade 5 Spanish, Grade 7 Reading and Writing, and Grade 8 Reading, Math, and Science).
• Spanish testers in Grade 3 and Grade 4 scored below state averages in the percentage of questions answered correctly. Grade 5 Spanish testers scored below state averages in Reading and Math but were equal to the state average in Science.
I’m proud of our students and teachers for their performance. In the days ahead, we will be digging deeper to examine these scores and determine how our students performed when compared with comparable Texas school districts.