TISD STAAR test results slightly below state numbers

TISD STAAR test results slightly below state numbers

Released by the Tyler Independent School District:

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 shows Tyler 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.

2013 STAAR Grades 5 & 8 Passing Rates: Tyler ISD & State

Subject Grade Tyler ISD - % Pass State - % Pass
1st Admin 2nd Admin 1st Admin 2nd Admin
Mathematics 5th 66% 81% 75% 87%
8th 79% 85% 77% 86%
Reading 5th 69% 81% 77% 87%
8th 81% 87% 84% 89%

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:

STAAR EOC Exam Number of Students Tested Percent Passed

Algebra 1

1080 82%
Geometry 993 87%
Biology 1137 86%
Chemistry 982 80%
English I Reading 1174 64%
English I Writing 1178 48%
English II Reading 1036 78%
English II Writing 1043 50%
World Geography 1169 72%
World History 1070 67%

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.


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