TYLER – The Tyler ISD analyzes results after the Texas Education Agency released the passing rates for the 2012 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grades 3-8 this week. The STAAR tests replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) last school year. The STAAR tests include more difficult testing and require a higher level of student performance. The tests are designed to measure a student’s college and career readiness, starting in elementary school.
As an urban district with 69.7 percent of students who are economically disadvantaged and 21.7 percent of students who are Limited English Proficient (LEP), Tyler ISD officials say they’re pleased with where they’re starting. “This is our baseline data for the new state accountability system,” Tyler ISD Superintendent Gary Mooring said. “While we know we have more work to do, we are pleased to be in the range of the state scores.” Tyler ISD’s top performing areas include fourth grade reading, with a passing rate of 72 percent; seventh grade reading, with a passing rate of 72 percent; and eighth grade reading and math, with passing rates of 77 percent and 74 percent respectively.
“Tyler ISD is continuing to work on increasing the level of rigor in our instructional practice to ensure the success of all of our students,” said Kim Tunnell, Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement.
According to a news release from the district, “Tyler ISD recognizes that with any new testing program there is an adjustment period for students and teachers, and we will continue to provide training for our teachers so they can better prepare our students for success on STAAR. One of Tyler ISD’s Core Beliefs is that all children can learn. It is our responsibility to ensure each student will reach his or her highest academic potential, graduate high school prepared for higher education and/or workforce in the global market while closing the achievement gap. The District will continue to analyze test scores and performance as more data is released from the state in making plans for the 2013-2014 school year.”