AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released results for the spring 2018 administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) for mathematics and reading in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Students receive a STAAR performance label of Masters Grade Level, Meets Grade Level, Approaches Grade Level, or Did Not Meet Grade Level. Performance labels of Masters, Meets, or Approaches indicate achievement on the assessment. They are also designed to provide clear, accurate information for parents in terms of how their child is performing, specifically in terms of meeting grade level.
Results for all students tested in mathematics for spring 2018 are as follows:
(Note that all results below for grades 5 and 8 are from the primary administrations in April)
Results for all students tested in reading for spring 2018 are as follows:(Note that all results below for grades 5 and 8 are from the primary administrations in April)
In a year-over-year comparison, the percentage of students achieving Meets Grade Level or higher in mathematics increased in four of the six grades.
In a year-over-year comparison, the percentage of students achieving Meets Grade Level or higher in reading increased in three of the six grades.
Under state law, Texas students in grades 5 and 8 must achieve Masters, Meets, or Approaches Grade Level to be promoted to the next grade. Students who Did Not Meet Grade Level can retake the tests. State law requires students who Did Not Meet Grade Level to be retained in their current grade—unless a parent appeals the retention and a local, campus-based grade placement committee unanimously agrees to promote the student.
In December 2017, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath removed the requirements to conduct grade placement committees and June 2018 STAAR retests in fifth and eighth grade for districts within the Presidential Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Harvey.
Parents are encouraged to visit www.texasassessment.com and “Log In, Learn More” to see specific information regarding their student. With a student access code (provided by your local school district), parents can view a variety of resources and assessment components, including each STAAR question and answer—along with their student’s answers.
The website also provides resources designed to help parents prepare their son or daughter as they progress from grade level to grade level. Resources include tools to support a student’s ability to read and write, as well as tips and questions to help prepare for parent-teacher conferences in the new school year.
To review STAAR state-level reports, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/staar/rpt/sum/.
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Note: The Texas Education Agency currently does not have campus or district level results. Please contact your local school district or charter school for that information.