The Texas Education Agency released district results for the 2012 STAAR tests in grades 3-8. This new state accountability test, administered only once with no retesting, was more rigorous than the previous TAKS test. Results show that grades 6-8 were at/or above state scores while grades 3-5 were slightly lower.
"While we are pleased that our district results are at/or higher than the state results across the board in grades 6-8, there is still much to do in all grade levels. The curriculum department has begun to reformat our staff development and make it more targeted to specific campus needs and to meet the challenges of a more rigorous assessment," said Dr. Tim Powers, Chief Academic Officer.
To help teachers meet new testing expectations and reach all students, a change in staff development is being established.
"With the exception of the initial staff development day at the beginning of the year, our staff development will target smaller groups with specific instructional training. Curriculum specialists have already begun to spend more than half of their time in classrooms assisting teachers on a one-on-one or small group setting," said Powers.
See the attached file for the full score report.