Wednesday, September 11, 2013

STAAR Results Reveal Scores Above State and Regional Trends

Results from the 2012-2013 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores were released from the Texas Education Agency. This is the second year students in Pine Tree ISD grades three through eight were required to take the STAAR, and high school freshman and sophomores took STAAR’s end-of-course (EOC) exams in multiple subject areas.

“We are very proud of our students and staff, and the overall performance reported in the STAAR and EOC exams, stated Pine Tree ISD Superintendent, Dr. TJ Farler. “Every one of our campuses, and the district as a whole, "Met Standard" for each of the four indexes included in the new accountability matrix."

Data shows Pine Tree ISD's student scores stood above the state and regional trends in the second year of the more-rigorous STAAR test in several areas.



Overview of 2013 Results

The district's rating is Met Standard and the rating for each school is shown below. Results for each index are as follows. The district and all campuses met all index targets.

The new system includes the following indexes: #1 - All Student Achievement, #2 - Student Progress, #3 - Closing the Performance Gap among student groups, and #4 Post Secondary Readiness, which only apply to grades 9-12.

Entity2013 RatingIndex #1 Score
(Target = 50)
Index #2 Score
(Targets vary*)
Index #3 Score
(Target = 55)
Index #4** Score
(Target = 75)
State of Texas
N/A
77
34
71
85
Pine Tree ISD
Met Standard
75
31
67
79
Pine Tree HS
Met Standard
77
23
68
83
Pine Tree JH
Met Standard
77
34
71
NA
Pine Tree MS
Met Standard
75
41
70
NA
Pine Tree Intermediate
Met Standard
65
32
61
NA

* Targets in 2013 are as follows:
District = 21, high schools = 17, middle/jr. high = 29, elementary = 30, registered alternative sites = 9.

** Index 4 is applicable only to districts and high schools in 2013.

Highlights for Pine Tree ISD:

  • The district's results were similar to the statewide index results for Indexes {1, 2, 3, and/or 4, as applicable}.
  • Among the district's campuses, all were rated as Met Standard.

  • One campus was evaluated under alternative procedures, and it was rated as Met Alternative Standard.
  • Of the schools rated as having Met Standard, the following schools earned one or more academic distinction designations: Pine Tree High School earned Academic Distinction in Reading/ELA and in Mathematics. Pine Tree Middle School earned Academic Distinction in Reading/ELA, Mathematics, and the Top 25% Student Progress. 

Pine Tree HS

Yes
Yes
2
Pine Tree MS
Yes
Yes
Yes
3

“The work and commitment demonstrated by our students, teachers, and administrators in Pine Tree ISD is outstanding,” said Superintendent Farler. “We will continue to strive for high levels of academic achievement in the context of nurturing life-long learning.”

“Our goal is to reach high achievement in terms of the accountability system, but also to realize success in whatever path a student chooses beyond high school graduation. High quality academic instruction is a priority at Pine Tree ISD, along with the development of fine arts, career and technology, and extracurricular experiences so that all students are prepared for the world beyond high school. In addition, we believe it is vital to instill in our students a sense of community, responsibility and citizenship as the key to success in their future,” she said.

According to Debbie Ratcliffe, with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the tests will be harder to pass next year, but students will be taking fewer of them; under House Bill 5 the STAAR end-of-course exams will be reduced from the current fifteen to five - eliminating tests for chemistry, physics, Algebra II, geometry, world history, world geography and English III. HB 5 also eliminates the 15 percent grading requirement. Under the rule previously connected to the STAAR end-of-course examinations, a student's score on the STAAR end-of-course exams would have counted 15 percent of the student's final grade in each tested subject area.

Passing the STAAR test is still required to graduate from Texas high schools. According to state law, if the student doesn’t pass that attempt they will be retained in their current grade unless a parent appeals and a placement committee unanimously agrees to promote them. To view the STAAR Statewide Summary Reports of 2012-2013, visit the Texas Education Agency web page.

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