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As test results begin to come in, states begin planning recovery efforts. See insights from Texas and Indiana below:

  • Depressing test results from Texas.
  • Indiana revealed steep declines as well.
  • Uneven toll of the pandemic that adversely affected low-income students and families in particular.
  • Low test scores were not surprising and underscore the years-long task ahead of schools as they begin the long process of education recovery.
  • Test score likely even worse for other states who had longer school closures.
  • Both Texas and Indiana deserve credit for their commitment to state testing.
    • 85% of eligible students participated in the 3-8 STAAR assessments in Texas in Spring 2021
    • 97% of students sat for the 3-8 ILEARN assessments in Indiana
    • State leaders from both states recognized the importance of data to accelerate learning.

How will the data be used?

  • Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath put it best:
    • The data may be disheartening, but with it, our 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. And parents can log into to understand how well each of their children learned this year’s material, and how to support the academic growth of their children moving forward. 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.
  • Indiana is using the spring testing data to do an academic impact study. Initial findings show, among other things, that students experienced larger drops in math than in reading—an outcome consistent with national trends. More results from the study will be available later this summer.

All told, there’s not much to cheer about, but it’s hard to overstate how much worse things might be without the honest appraisal made possible by these annual exams. It raises the question of how we’ll really know how students have fared in states that took testing far less seriously, and as a result will have significantly lower participation rates.

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