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TEA News Releases Online June 11, 2014

Majority of Class of 2015 already finished with STAAR® end-of-course exams

AUSTIN – A majority of high school students (81 percent) in the Class of 2015 – the first class graduating under State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) testing requirements – has already successfully passed all five required STAAR end-of-course exams before reaching their senior year, according to figures released today by the Texas Education Agency.

Under House Bill 5 passed by the Texas Legislature last year, Texas students are now required to pass five end-of-course exams – Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and U.S. History – to receive a high school diploma.

Heading into the 2014–2015 school year, most high school seniors in Texas have already taken and passed all five end-of-course exams. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams noted that of the 19 percent of students in the Class of 2015 still short of the state requirement, roughly half need to pass just one more end-of-course exam.

“More than eighty percent of students in the Class of 2015 face no state-mandated tests during their senior year,” said Commissioner Williams. “With that academic success in hand, superintendents can now focus remediation efforts on the fewer than 20 percent of students still in need of passing end-of-course exams while ensuring that all students can graduate and achieve beyond high school.”

For students in the current Class of 2015, the breakdown for end-of-course exam passing rates is as follows:

 

STUDENTS

%

Passed All End-Of-Course Exams (5)

233,294

81.0%

One End-Of-Course Exam Still Needed

24,726

8.6%

Two End-Of-Course Exams Still Needed

16,040

5.6%

Three or More End-Of-Course Exams Still Needed

13,805

4.8%

TOTAL

287,865

100.0%


Of the 8.6 percent in the current Class of 2015 still needing to pass just one more end-of-course exam, most still need to pass the English II exam. The remaining subjects (in descending order of the tests student still need to pass) include U.S. History; English I; Algebra I; and Biology.

Passing rates reflect results from various tests administrations including Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Winter 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Winter 2013 and Spring 2014. Students in the class of 2015  needing to pass one or more STAAR end-of-course exam will have three additional opportunities to do so prior to their scheduled graduation in Spring 2015.

At this same point during the state’s prior testing program (the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills or TAKS), 28 percent of students in the first class graduating under TAKS had not successfully completed their testing requirements for graduation at the end of their junior year. 

Please note that TEA does not have district-level test results at this time. Those results are available from your local school districts and charters. Comparison charts of statewide results and summary charts provide greater detail on all STAAR results. To review state-level reports, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/staar/rpt/sum/.

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