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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TEA Releases Preliminary Statewide STAAR® Grades 3–8 Passing Rates

Seventy-six percent of sixth-grade students passed the STAAR reading test. Reading scores for grades 3, 4 and 7 showed a slight increase or remained the same from 2013–2014.



READING
GRADE
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
3
76%
79%
76%
77%
4
77%
72%
74%
74%
6
75%
71%
77%
76%
7
76%
77%
75%
75%

STAAR writing tests were administered in grades 4 and 7. Seventy-two percent of 7th graders passed the writing test, an increase of two percentage points over 2013–2014.


WRITING
GRADE
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
4
71%
71%
73%
70%
7
71%
70%
70%
72%

Fifth graders posted a preliminary passing rate of 72 percent in STAAR science. The eighth-grade passing rate in science was 70 percent, the same as it was in 2013–2014.


SCIENCE
GRADE
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
5
72%
73%
73%
72%
8
69%
74%
70%
70%

In addition, eighth graders posted a 64 percent passing rate in social studies, an increase of three percentage points over 2013–2014 scores.

SOCIAL STUDIES
GRADE
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
8
59%
63%
61%
64%

Passing rates for STAAR mathematics tests in grade 3 through 8 are not available at this time. Parents and districts will receive raw scores that show the number of questions correctly answered on math tests this year. The passing standards must be reset because of the substantial changes made to the STAAR math tests based on the new state curriculum. Standard-setting for the (adjusted) mathematics tests will occur this summer. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced in April that results of STAAR in mathematics for grades 3–8 will be excluded from the 2015 state accountability system.
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