The Texas Education Agency has released the results of the State of Texas Spring 2021 School Readiness Assessments.
Results include math and reading exams for grades 3-8, 4th and 7th writing, 5th and 8th science, 8th grade social studies, and high school leaving exams in Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and History of the United States.
Students receive a STAAR performance label of master’s grade level, has reached grade level, is approaching grade level, or has not reached grade level. The performance labels of teachers, meetings or approaches indicate satisfactory success in the assessment.
According to the TEA, due to the disruption in learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of students not reaching grade level has increased from 2019 in all subjects and grades, l English I and English II being the only exceptions.
Math reflects the biggest drop in proficiency at any level, the AME said.
The TEA said districts with a higher percentage of student learners practically experienced a greater degree of decline, while those with the highest percentage of in-person learners largely avoided any decline in reading learning. .
Districts in which 25% or less of students virtually learned for most of the year experienced a 9 percentage point drop in satisfactory mathematics performance from 2019 to 2021, while districts in which 75% or more of students students were learning virtually, which saw a drop of 32 percentage points, according to the TEA.
“From the start, Texas has prioritized the availability of in-person instruction during this extremely difficult year,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “When students enter Texas public schools, they are well served by educators in Texas – a fact these scores confirm. But it’s also painfully clear that the pandemic has had a very negative impact on learning. shudder to consider the long-term impact on children in states that restrict in-person teaching. “
According to TEA, these findings highlight the supportive infrastructure needed to address lost learning opportunities and underscore the important role of recently passed legislation, including House Bill 4545, in providing educators in Texas with the resources. , the tools and the funding needed to dramatically accelerate student learning.
TEA said it will also work with school systems this summer and over the next few school years to strengthen their efforts to accelerate learning by providing educational materials, teacher support, targeted tutoring and helping to extend the learning time.
“Now we have complete assessment results for almost every student in Texas on hand,” Morath said. “Data can be daunting, but with it our teachers and principals are crafting action plans to support students in the new school year. Policymakers use it to direct resources where they are most. required.”
This year, 85% of eligible students participated in STAAR Grades 3-8, up from 96% in 2019.
In high school, 92% of eligible students participated in EOC assessments, up from 97% in 2019.
Overall, STAAR’s participation in spring 2021 was 87%. Among eligible students who did not participate in the assessment, there was a slightly higher concentration of economically disadvantaged students than participating students.
To view state-level STAAR reports, visit the Texas Education Agency website.