HISD Deals with the STAAR Results

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The Lone STAAR state
If there's anything that can fix public education, it's yet another standardized test with a bizarre acronym.

Forget TAAS and TAKS -- get used to hearing about STAAR. (The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, of course.)

The Houston school district says STAAR is "much more rigorous" than TAAS, and the initial results, which are trickling out, seem to back that up.

Of the 12,000 HISD freshmen who took the test this year, 53 percent failed the writing portion, according to preliminary results that may later be adjusted. Forty-one percent failed the reading portion. Results were better in algebra, biology and world geography, where failure rates ranged from 27 percent to 16 percent.

The results mean a whole lot more kids will be in summer school, which starts Monday.

The school board has approved hiring 228 more summer teachers at $50 an hour, with bonuses for student improvement that could get them $10,000.

Other HISD STAAR results:

Students in grades 3 through 8 took STAAR exams for the first time this spring as well.  The Texas Education Agency has not yet determined the percentage of questions that each student must correctly answer in order to pass those exams.  Therefore, each exam's results are being reported in terms of the average percent of questions answered correctly by students at each grade level and in each subject.  The average number of questions answered correctly on each exam is as follows.  It is important to note that these percentages DO NOT represent passing rates:

Grade 3 Reading: 63 percent; Math: 63 percent
Grade 3 (Spanish-language test takers) Reading: 60 percent; Math: 63 percent
Grade 4 Reading: 64 percent; Math: 59 percent
Grade 4 (Spanish-language test takers) Reading: 61 percent; Math: 65 percent; Writing: 61 percent
Grade 5 Reading: 65 percent; Math: 66 percent; Science: 73 percent
Grade 5 (Spanish-language test takers) Reading: 48 percent; Math 40 percent; Science: 50 percent
Grade 6 Reading: 65 percent; Math: 58 percent
Grade 7 Reading: 64 percent; Math: 46 percent; Writing: 60 percent;
Grade 8 Reading: 65 percent; Math: 52 percent; Science: 61 percent; Social Studies: 52 percent


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Dibs4me
Dibs4me

Richard Connelly also needs summer school: In Journalism and proof-reading.

Megan
Megan

"Of the 12,000 HISD freshmen who took the test this year, 53 percent failed the writing portion, according to preliminary results that may later be adjusted. FOrty-one percent failed the writing portion." Dumb question: Which percentage is correct?  53% or 41%

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