6.14.24 – Dallas Morning News

“STAAR Results: Lower Math Performance for Students Grade 3 – 8”

By Marcela Rodrigues, Valeria Olivares

Excerpts from this article: 


Fewer than half of Dallas ISD elementary and middle school students are at grade level in math, results show.

The Texas Education Agency on Friday
[6.14.24] released statewide results for end-of-course exams.

Texas elementary and middle schoolers are continuing to struggle with math across all grade levels
following the COVID-19 pandemic according to the latest test results released by the Texas Education Agency on Friday.

Every grade level had a decline in passing rates for math, the highest a 4% decline among eighth-graders
according to the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness results. English results were mixed.

Dallas ISD students’ performance resembles statewide trends
: significant drops in math in every grade, while performance in reading-language arts varied by grade level. 

Fewer than half of the district’s students are at a grade level in math.

The results come as schools continue to grapple with lingering and new challenges, including the impact of the pandemic’s disruptions on learning, budget constraints, chronic absenteeism, and a
growing number of uncertified educators and teacher vacancies.

For students in grades 3-8, STAAR measures academic performance based on state standards in math and reading-language arts.

For 8th graders only, the STAAR includes science and social studies.


Results for high school students were released June 7. STAAR results generally are used by families to assess their own children’s performance and to judge whether a school or district is performing well.

**Please go to this link to see the helpful chart in the DMN article:

This year’s results for elementary and middle school students lay bare the “significant gaps in mathematics achievement across our schools,”
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said in a statement.

Math performance is not where students need it to be for success after graduation,
he said, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated their difficulty to master fundamental math concepts.

The STAAR test measures how well students are mastering the knowledge and skills Texas has identified as critical for their future success
said Miguel Solis, chief of staff at advocacy nonprofit The Commit Partnership.

Students don’t need to meet grade level to pass the exams. Each student falls under one of four STAAR categories: “did not meet,” “approaches,” “meets” and “masters,” with the last three being passing grades.

Those who fall under “approaches” did not meet but are approaching grade level. That often means they need tutoring or additional support but still are passing.

The “meets” results include those who are at grade level and those who exceeded grade level.

**Please go to this link to see the helpful chart in the DMN article:

…This year’s test marks the second round of a STAAR redesign that was a result of a House bill passed in 2019. 

Most students now take the tests online, except for those who require certain accommodations, and no more than 75% of points can come from multiple-choice questions.

This is the first year the state 
widely used computers to score essay questions on STAAR. Roughly three-quarters of written responses were expected to be scored by an “automated scoring engine,” officials have previously said.

The results impact schools’ A-F academic accountability grades that are expected to be released later this year…

Texas 2036 policy adviser Gabe Grantham voiced concerns for the results’ impact on the workforce.

These fields are critical to the state’s ability to continue to recruit businesses and create jobs,
Grantham said in a statement. Without improvement in these scores, we should expect to see more and more corporations decide to take their jobs elsewhere.

Parents and families can find their child’s individual results by visiting their school district’s family portal or
 TexasAssessment.gov -- and using the unique access code provided by their child’s campus.



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