Eanes ISD Students Earn High Marks on STAAR EOC Tests
Eanes ISD students performed above state standards on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course exams, as released by the Texas Education Agency earlier this week.
For the first time, end-of-course (EOC) exams were administered this year to ninth graders as well as middle schoolers taking upper-level courses, while sophomores, juniors and seniors were administered the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. The STAAR assessments are designed to be more rigorous and to provide information about student readiness for the next grade level or course, and ultimately for college and career readiness. The number of questions students must answer correctly will increase at intervals until 2016, when the final passing requirements will be in place.
“While we are pleased overall with our results on the STAAR EOC tests, we see the opportunity for improvement to meet the 2016 standards,” said Dr. Nola Wellman, Superintendent of Schools. “I am very proud of how our teachers approached this new test with integrity and worked hard despite the many unknowns. Now with one test administration under our belt, we will work on preparing our students for the increased rigor of the STAAR, and work with our teachers on helping students who struggled on the test.”
Students must meet the standards on 15 end-of-course tests as well as pass their courses in order to graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Plan. Students following the Minimum Graduation Plan must meet the standards on 11 end-of-course tests and pass their courses to graduate. For the 2012-13 school year, freshman and sophomores will be required to take the EOC exams, while juniors and seniors will still take the TAKS test.
TEA will not release the passing standards for STAAR tests for grades 3 through 8 until January 2013. Eanes ISD has received the raw scores electronically but has no way to relevantly interpret results without the state standard for a passing score. Items on the state assessment are weighted separately on their degree of difficulty, making it impossible to interpret the scores on a percentage basis.
For more information and frequently asked questions on the STAAR, please visit the STAAR section on our website.