AUSTIN – Almost 80 percent of 5th
and 8th graders successfully passed the State of Texas Assessments
of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) mathematics test on their first attempt in
April, according to numbers released today by the Texas Education Agency.
The initial 2014 mathematics passing rates for more than 650,000
5th and 8th graders reflect an improvement compared to
the 2012 first administration passing rates.
More than 75 percent of 5th and 8th
graders successfully passed the STAAR reading assessment on their first attempt
in April. The initial 2014 reading passing rates for more than 700,000 5th
and 8th graders remained relatively stable compared to the 2012 first administration passing rates.
Under state law, Texas students in grades 5 and 8 must pass the STAAR reading and
math tests to be promoted to the next grade. A second administration of the STAAR
grade 5 and 8 mathematics and reading assessments is scheduled in May.
Additional information regarding
the initial administration of these STAAR assessments can be found on the Texas
Education Agency website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/staar/rpt/sum/.
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