Results of the state assessment are expected in June

The school year is coming to an end, but families will have to wait a few more weeks to see how students perform on state assessments.

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly known as STAAR, is Texas’ testing program. The tests measure what students learn each year in reading, writing, math, science and social studies and determine whether a student is ready for the next grade.

Students in grades 3 through 8 took STAAR tests this spring. Students taking English I, English II, Algebra, Biology, and American History courses in high school also take final exams.

Families can expect the first results in June.

The STAAR test was redesigned last year to include more open-ended questions. The state also recently introduced automatic scoring by computers for open-ended written response questions.

Computers will judge this year’s written responses, with a quarter of the responses judged by humans.

When can families expect the results of the assessment?

School districts will receive preliminary results from the Texas Education Agency in late May.

Corpus Christi ISD plans to share these preliminary results via a letter to families around the first week of June. The letter also explains how families can access the full results online once they are made available by the state in June.

“The Texas Assessment portal is really informative,” said Sonia Zyla, CCISD senior director of assessment and accountability. “A parent can go in and see exactly what their student responded to the assessment.”

During the summer, the state will also share comparative data, allowing families to compare their students’ outcomes with others in the state, as well as resources and suggested activities students can do during the summer to improve.

The results of the 2024 End of Course or EOC assessments will be available to families online on Friday, June 7 through the Texas Assessment portal.

The results of the STAAR tests for groups 3 to 8 will be available online from Friday 14 June.

Eligible students with significant cognitive impairments will take STAAR Alternative 2. Results for this assessment will be available Thursday, June 20.

Emerging bilingual students also take the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System assessment. TELPAS results will be available on Wednesday, June 12. TELPAS Alternative Results for Emerging Bilingual Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities were made available on May 14.

For students taking summer final exams in June, results will be available on Friday, August 2.

Families can log into using a unique student access code to view EOC results, including how the student answered test questions.

The unique access code will be printed on the student’s report card. Schools can also share access codes for students.

Corpus Christi ISD also links to the state assessment website through the Home Access Center portal, where the district shares student grades.

What do STAAR results mean?

The STAAR test groups student results into four performance levels: did not meet student’s level, approaches student’s level, meets student’s level, and meets master’s level.

A student who does not meet the grade level lacks basic knowledge of the course content and will need “significant” support in the coming school year, according to the TEA.

A student approaching the level shows some knowledge of the course content, but may be missing ‘critical elements’. These students may need additional support in the coming school year. “Approximations” is considered a passing level of performance.

A student who meets the level demonstrates “strong” knowledge of the course content and is prepared for the next grade level.

A student who has mastered the level demonstrates “mastery” of the course content and is on track to college and career readiness.

How are STAAR results used?

Schools use STAAR results to determine whether a student may need additional guidance or enrichment.

Texas law requires that students who do not meet the standard receive accelerated education. Last spring, the Texas Legislature passed a bill that changed the requirements for tutoring.

Current law requires students who are not meeting expectations to be assigned a Texas Incentive Allotment-designated teacher at the appropriate subject level for the following school year or to receive additional instruction, including targeted instruction aligned with research on high-performance tutoring. impact.

The additional education should last between 15 and 30 hours in total, depending on the student’s performance, and is provided in the summer or at least once a week during the school year.

In Corpus Christi ISD, students are invited to summer learning programs based on other assessments throughout the year that typically predict STAAR performance. The district also offers an after-school program and Saturday tutoring.

In addition, another state law requires schools to develop an advanced math program for high school students who perform in the top 40 percent on the STAAR fifth-grade math assessment. These students will have the opportunity to enroll in an advanced math course in sixth grade, putting them on track for Algebra I in eighth grade.

The STAAR results also have implications for schools and school districts when it comes to assessing state accountability.

In recent years, the state has assigned each public school district and campus an AF rating, based in part on students’ STAAR performance. But the ratings, expected in the fall of 2023, have not yet been released due to an ongoing lawsuit.

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