Galveston ISD releases projected STAAR test results for 2011-2012 school year
District comparable with state results; official numbers to be released later this summer by Texas Education Agency, Grades 3-8 in January 2013
GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston Independent School District released its projected State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results for the 2011-2012 school year this week. Scores are comparable with state averages across Texas in the in the first year of the new state standardized test system. STAAR is being phased in to replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) system.
Results of individual schools can be found at www.gisd.org/STAAR.
“I commend the teachers and students for a challenging first year with the STAAR,” said Larry Nichols, Superintendent of Schools. “Many of our results are very encouraging but we also have room for improvement in several areas. We have invested in teacher training designed to achieve the level of rigor needed to prepare students for the future.”
Students in the ninth grade took tests in Algebra I, Geometry, English I Writing, English I Reading, World Geography, and Biology. Eventually, all students will be tested in those categories plus Chemistry, Physics, World History, U.S. History, and English II and III. Eighth grade students taking classes eligible for STAAR testing also took the exams.
Out of all GISD students taking the Algebra I exam, 82.8 percent passed compared to the state average of 83 percent. Of the GISD students taking the Geometry test, 95.7 percent passed compared to the state average of 98 percent. GISD students taking the World Geography test passed at an 80.9 percent rate, compared to the state average of 81 percent.
GISD students scored above average in Biology with an 88.5 percent compared to the state average of 87 percent. In English I Writing, GISD students passed at a 56.1 percent clip to the state average of 55 percent. In English I Reading, local students scored just below average at 65.2 percent passing compared to 68 percent statewide.
Eligible middle school students also took STAAR tests. Austin Middle School, home to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math magnet, scored well above the state average with 122 students hitting a 95 percent passing rate in algebra. Galveston Early College High School, now known as Scott Collegiate Academy, had 68 students take the test with a 94 percent passing rate in the same subject as well as 25 students in passing the biology test at 96 percent. Central Middle School Media Arts Academy had 109 students with an 89 percent passing rate in algebra.
All numbers are projected. Official numbers will be released by the Texas Education Agency later this summer. Results for students in Grades 3-8 will be released in January 2013.