Preliminary STAAR Test Results Are In 5/6/13
May 6, 2013
Preliminary results are in for the STAAR test showing that many West Texas school districts, including ECISD and MISD fell behind compared to the state.
ECISD school officials are staying positive and working with the students in many different ways to bring the scores up.
The reading section saw an improvement this year, however the mathematics section saw a slight decline, and as a way to bring those scores up to par-officials are working overtime and through different methods to help the students pass.
"We are offering small group instructions on the campus we have quite a bit of teachers who are pulling out students from working with them individually and as I mentioned, support on Saturday and on the Monday holiday we actually worked with a few students," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Sanchez.
Sanchez says the STAAR test, tests students for a whole years worth of content, however the test takes place three months before school ends, not allowing the students to soak in all the information. "Now that we have the information we have a clear idea based on what they missed, we can help close those gaps."
And those gaps aren't far from reach; many students who failed only failed by two or three questions. Sanchez said, "I see that the students performs close to what we had expected with the new test and implementing a new curriculum. We're not disappointed, to say we are, I don't think it would be accurate."
Sanchez says there is always an avenue to avoid being held back a grade. If students fail all three tests, a committee meets to see if the student can make enough growth to avoid retention.
The midland independent school district is also looking at methods on how to improve student's STAAR test scores. Officials tell us they are leaving it up to individual campuses and teachers to meeting student's needs. Some campuses are offering Saturday school, as well as teachers meeting with students before and after school.