Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TEA RELEASES STAAR SCORES - PINE TREE RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Results from the 2013-2014 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores were released from the Texas Education Agency. This is the third year students in Pine Tree ISD grades three through eight were required to take the STAAR, and high school freshman, sophomores and juniors took STAAR’s end-of-course 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.

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.  Post Secondary Readiness applies to all tested campuses.

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

Overview of 2014 Results

The Pine Tree School District, Pine Tree High School, ExCEL, Pine Tree Junior High and Pine Tree Middle School campuses received a rating of “Met Standard”.
The Intermediate, Elementary and Primary campuses recevied an “Improvement Required”.

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}.
Of the schools rated as having Met Standard, the following schools earned academic distinctions::  Pine Tree High School and Pine Tree Junior High.

“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.  

Passing the STAAR test is still required to graduate from Texas high schools.  In grades 5-8, 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 2013-2014, log on to www.tea.state.tx.us.

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