POSTED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 8:27am
Tyler, TX (KETK) —
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores in math and reading determine whether or not fifth and eighth grade students advance to the next grade level. Recently released data showsTyler ISD’s student scores fell slightly below the state trends in the second year of the more-rigorous STAAR test. This year students could retest in math and reading if they failed to pass on the first try. Students will have a third chance
to retest on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26.
Tyler ISD also received scores for high school freshman and sophomores and seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in high school courses, who took the STAAR End of Course (EOC) exams. Overall, STAAR EOC passing rates during the 2012-13 administration of high school assessments (first-time test takers only) are as follows:
The two largest increases in STAAR EOC exam scores were in English I Writing, which went up 3.3% since last year, and Algebra I, up 1.6% since last year.
“Based on the results of previous state assessments, we knew that as a district we really needed to focus on math and science,” Tyler ISD Superintendent Gary Mooring said. “Due to the outstanding efforts of our teachers and staff, we have seen students making progress in these areas.”
As we prepare for the upcoming school year, Tyler ISD will continue to identify areas where improvement is necessary and develop strategies to ensure that our students are not only given the tools they need to excel in all academic areas, but are also college and career ready.