By Greg Ford
SACHSE — Texas fifth- and eighth-graders had an uneven performance during first round of STAAR testing for reading and mathematics.
“We did see some scores go up, and, unfortunately, some go down,” said DeEtta Culbertson, spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency.
Specifically, she noted, the math scores for each grade were up statewide, while reading was “down a bit.”
Reading and math are just two of the STAAR tests given to students in grades 3-8, with the others being writing, social studies and science. All of the scores for those other grades, as well as fifth- and eighth-graders, should be available on the TEA website by mid-June, Culbertson said. High school end-of-course exam results could be available for viewing this week, as the districts were scheduled to receive them around June 2.
Student results are broken down into four categories: did not meet, approaches, meets and masters.
The first signifies students who failed the test, and must take it again, while the second classifies those who are in the realm of passing, but will need remedial help as they progress in the subject. The “meet” students are the ones who passed, while “masters” are those who came close to a near-perfect score, Culbertson said.
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