Texas aims at next steps, after standardized test scores reveal a decline during the pandemic. See highlights below:
- Test administration participation was less than in previous years, but significant enough to allow for comparison and analysis.
What were the results?
- The number of students not meeting grade level increased from 2019 across all subject areas and grade levels, with English I and English II being the only exceptions.
- Mathematics reflects the largest decline in proficiency across all grade levels.
- Districts with the highest percentage of in-person learners largely avoided any learning declines in reading.
- Districts with a higher percentage of students learning virtually experienced larger learning declines in all grades and subjects.
- TEA attributes the decline to learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said, “…it is also painfully clear that the pandemic had a very negative impact on learning. I shudder to consider the long-term impact on children in states that restricted in-person instruction.”
What Will Results Be Used For?
- Teachers and school leaders are building action plans to support students in the new school year.
- Policymakers are using it to direct resources where they are needed most.
- Parents can log into TexasAssessment.gov to understand how well each of their children learned this year’s material, and how to support the academic growth.
- Legislative support to support the infrastructure needed to address lost learning opportunities
- Recently passed legislation, including House Bill 4545, deems parents of eligible students who took an assessment to have the opportunity to access high performing teachers and benefit from additional tutoring.
- TEA will be working with school systems this summer and in the coming school years to bolster their efforts to accelerate learning by making available rigorous instructional materials, additional teacher support, help wherever appropriate to expand learning time, and targeted tutoring.
- Armed with the best information, working closely together, and with significant new supports from the Texas Legislature, we will provide stronger academic growth for students than ever before.” – Mike Morath, Texas Education Commissioner
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