Huge failure rate in STAAR writing tests

Huge failure rate in STAAR writing tests

POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:44am

Almost half of East Texas students failed the writing portion of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test this spring, and today many have a chance to improve those scores.

Results of re-testing statewide, though, indicate many will fail to do so.

Preliminary results released in June by the Texas Education Agency show almost two of every three Longview and Kilgore sophomores failed the English II writing exam this spring, while about half of local freshmen who took the English I writing exam did not score satisfactorily.

Despite those numbers, most East Texas districts surpassed the state’s 48 percent passing rate.

Fourth-grade students in Spring Hill performed best in the region for writing, with about four out of five earning a satisfactory grade. At the seventh grade level, Hallsville tied the state passing rate of 70 percent, while Spring Hill topped it. But overall, about one-third of East Texas seventh-graders did not meet the passing rate.

When mathematically projected, reports by the TEA show fewer than one-third of students will pass the test when the final phase-in of those standards is complete in 2016.

While students may take the exams as many times as needed to pass, those numbers have educators scrambling to discover a cause — be it the teaching or the test — as well as a solution.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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