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Jan. 29, 2013

 

Commissioner Williams announces STAAR end-of-course
passing rates climb for first group of testers

 

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams announced today that the latest cumulative results in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™)
end-of-course (EOC) assessments reveal an increase in passing rates for current 10th-grade students.

The STAAR end-of-course tests were given for the first time last spring to 9th-grade students. The cumulative results track that group of students, including those who had the opportunity
to retake in the summer and fall any end-of-course exams they initially failed.

Williams noted that in some cases, the final cumulative passing rate for specific subject areas jumped by more than 10 percent from the initial spring administration of the tests. Increases
(per individual subject area) for students who initially took the EOC assessments as 9th graders in spring 2012 include:

 

  • Algebra I
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:            76.8%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          84.7%

  • English I – Reading
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:            67.7%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          81.2%

  • English I – Writing
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:            54.4%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          72.6%

  • Biology
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:            86.4%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          91.0%

  • World Geography
    Spring 2012 Passing Rate:            79.7%
    Cumulative Passing Rate:          84.8%

“The improvement in overall performance is directly attributable to the hard work of students and educators across our state,” said Commissioner Williams. “While there is still work to be done to ensure success for all, these improved numbers are indicative of what can occur when the focus is on students and a commitment to achieve success in the classroom.”

The results below show the passing rates for the first administration and the cumulative passing rate after three testing opportunities. The figures do not include any current 10th-grade students who may have enrolled in the public schools since the tests were first given.

 

STAAR End-of-Course Passing Rates - Grade 9

Spring 2012 Passing Rates

Cumulative Passing Rates

Algebra 1
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
Algebra 1
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
Passed192,12776.8%Passed211,98884.7%
Did Not Pass58,18723.2%Did Not Pass38,32615.3%
 
English 1 - Reading
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
English 1 - Reading
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
Passed223,91067.7%Passed268,26681.2%
Did Not Pass106,64032.3%Did Not Pass62,28418.8%
 
English 1 - Writing
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
English 1 - Writing
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
Passed179,73454.4%Passed240,06072.6%
Did Not Pass150,93945.6%Did Not Pass90,61327.4%
 
Biology
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
Biology
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
Passed277,95686.4%Passed292,67591.0%
Did Not Pass43,77313.6%Did Not Pass29,0549.0%
 
World Geography
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
World Geography
# of 
Students
Passing 
Rate
Passed259,49479.7%Passed276,02984.8%
Did Not Pass65,91320.3%Did Not Pass49,37815.2%
 

Cumulative Passing Rate includes all administrations (Spring, Summer, Fall 2012)

 

 Through the Texas Education Agency’s online learning community, Project Share, the agency has provided the free OnTrack Lessons at no cost to all Texas districts and open-enrollment charters. The online lessons are aligned to the state’s curriculum standards for math, English, science and social studies. Many school districts have used these supplemental lessons to help bolster the skills of students who failed end-of-course exams or who need additional practice in preparation for the exams. 

 Statewide results for the December EOC retests are available at  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/staar/rpt/sum/yr12/ . These results include any student who took the EOCs, and not just the cohort tracked in this study.  Results for individual districts are available from local districts and charters. 

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