District commends district community for Spring 2016 STAAR scores

District commends district community for Spring 2016 STAAR scores

Jeff Hembree, STISD deputy superintendent, reported on the 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) End of Course (EOC) results for all campuses during the May 24 board meeting.    

He reported on the scores for the various subject areas (English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History). District wide, STISD had an overall pass rate of 90 percent at Level II: Satisfactory.

Campuses received strong scores overall, with district wide passing rates averaging as follows: Algebra I: 90 percent, Biology: 96 percent, and U.S. History: 98 percent. Scores came in lower than expected in English I and English II, averaging 80 and 86, respectively; however, this is commonplace throughout the state of Texas, as there were a number of technical issues experienced during these rounds of testing. Mike Morath, commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, is expected to make a decision about how to handle the English scores this summer.   

At Level III: Advanced, campuses garnered the following passing percentages: Algebra I: 30, Biology: 27, U.S. History: 34, English I: 14, English II: 15, Overall: 23. 

At the middle school level, in which students test above their grade level, Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars Academy) had an average passing rate of 97 at Level II: Satisfactory, taking into account the following three exams: English I, Algebra I and Biology. STPA had an average passing rate of 100 based on the same exams. These high-school level exams were taken by the 8th-graders at both campuses.

Hembree also reported on preliminary STAAR 7th- and 8th-grade state assessment reports during the April board meeting. Both Rising Scholars and STPA scored above 90 percent in all areas. STPA scored at 95 percent in Reading and 97 percent in Mathematics. Rising Scholars scored at 93 percent in Mathematics. The Mathematics scores were based on 7th-graders sitting for the exam; 8th-graders at both campuses took the aforementioned STAAR EOC exams in Algebra 1. At the time of Hembree’s report, Reading and Writing scores for 7th-grade had not yet been received, and Science and Social Studies had not yet been administered.   

Hembree commended the entire district community for the everyday efforts that result in strong state assessment scores. “Strong scores on state assessments do not happen by chance. These results stem from hard work, perseverance and the belief in the ability of all of our students to succeed at high levels.” He added, “We commend all members of our district community – students, parents, faculty and staff, administration, and our supportive tri-county community partners – for believing in our mission and striving every day to reach the goals set out for us. Congratulations.”