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State summative results continue to flow in and testing coordinators are not skipping a beat, moving straight to their analysis and reporting stage. Our most recent state results come from Texas. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released spring 2022 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) results for end-of-course (EOC) assessments today. Take a look:

STAAR EOC Results

  • Results include assessments in Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and U.S History.
  • Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History each reflected improvement in the meets grade level category.
  • Under House Bill 4545 (87R), if students do not meet the passing standard on a STAAR EOC assessment:
    • students receive thirty hours of targeted tutoring for each subject in which they did not pass or
    • be assigned to a classroom overseen by a certified master, exemplary, or recognized teacher.

Key Changes

  • State law has recently changed to remove any high stakes for students associated with STAAR tests in grades 3–8.
  • No requirement under state law that students who fail any STAAR grades 3–8 assessment repeat a grade. 
  • More changes to STAAR are coming in the 2022-23 school year.
    • STAAR will be redesigned to better align with classroom instruction.
    • Will iprove student engagement and curb “teaching to the test.”
    • Changes will not change the test’s difficulty.

Conclusion

  • “It is critical we use all available tools, including standardized tests, to measure student performance and help address any possible learning loss from COVID-19-related disruptions.” – Commissioner Morath
  • Parents, teachers, and schol district leaders need access to clear information on student performance and progress in order to maximize support for student academic growth.
  • Results are refreshing, as they showed progress in the three tests that suffered a decline during COVID-19.
  • Texas students are on the right track and are that much closer to pre-pandemic performance levels.

Related articles, charts, and graphs:
TEA Press Release
Texas 2022 STAAR Results Show Progress in 3 Tests That Were Declining: TEA
– TEA releases spring 2022 STAAR results, announces changes for next year

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