AUSTIN – Commissioner
of Education Michael Williams today notified districts and charters that the
Texas Education Agency (TEA) will maintain initial academic performance
standards (Phase-In 1) for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
(STAAR®) program for the 2014–2015 school year.
The Commissioner cited a variety
of changes impacting
the STAAR program over the course of the upcoming school year. Those changes
- Implementation of the new Texas
Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) mathematics curriculum;
of STAAR Modified;
administration of STAAR Accommodated; and
administration of the redesigned STAAR Alternate.
In addition to maintaining
current performance standards for 2014-2015, TEA will be proposing changes to
the existing plan to phase in performance standards for the STAAR grades 3–8
and end-of-course (EOC) assessment programs. The existing plan will be adjusted
from two steps to
three steps to allow for smaller, incremental movements toward final
“While I firmly believe that our students are capable of
reaching the high expectations reflected in the TEKS and the STAAR performance
standards, moving to a three-step phase-in
plan gives educators additional time to make the significant adjustments in
instruction necessary to raise the level of performance of all Texas students,”
said Commissioner Williams.
Academic performance standards
represent the level of performance students must meet or exceed to pass a STAAR
performance standards will be established for the second phase-in and the newly
established third phase-in prior to moving to the final recommended performance
standards. The proposed three-step phase-in plan would include:
current phase-in 1 performance standards will be maintained for the 2014–2015 school year.
new phase-in 2 performance standards will be implemented beginning in the 2015–2016 school year.
new phase-in 3 performance standards will be implemented beginning in the 2018–2019 school year.
final recommended performance standards will be implemented in the 2021–2022 school year.
policy regarding STAAR EOC performance standards for each student will remain
unchanged. The standard in place when a student first takes an EOC assessment
is the standard that will be maintained throughout the student’s school career.
To learn more about STAAR academic performance standards, visit the
Texas Education Agency website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/performance-standards/.