"STAAR tests vary across Matagorda County school districts" by: Jessica Shepard

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released spring 2021 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results Monday, June 28.
   The TEA canceled the spring 2020 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that test was reinstated and given this spring.
   The results include exams in mathematics and reading for grades 3–8, 4th & 7th-grade writing, 5th and 8th-grade science, 8th-grade social studies, and high school end-of-course (EOC) exams in Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and U.S. History.
   Scores are categorized as approaches, meets, masters, and a scale score.
   Scale scores allow direct comparisons of student performance between specific sets of test questions from different test administrations.
   The scale score takes into account the difficulty level of the specific set of questions based on the test.
   It quantifies a student’s performance relative to the passing standards or proficiency levels.
   As a subject area, mathematics reflects the largest decline in proficiency across all grade levels throughout the state.
   Districts with a higher percentage of students learning virtually experienced a greater degree of decline.
   Districts with the highest percentage of in-person learners largely avoided any learning declines in reading.
   Scores varied across the county with most of Tidehaven ISD leading above state averages.
   Most of Tidehaven’s highest scores were at the elementary level.
   “It’s an unbelievable job well done across the board,” said TISD school board president Stephen Crow.
   “We’re still above some regional and area schools and are leading the way. The board is very grateful for that and the biggest cultural thing I’m seeing is those kids in the hallways excited to be back at school again and learning.”

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