Saturday, August 17, 2019

Carroll Students Earn High Marks On STAAR Testing

Carroll students did outstanding on their first State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), but it took more than nine months to get the official scores back from the state, and that has local school officials concerned.

District scores at all grade levels and subjects exceeded average state scores significantly; the number of Carroll students who scored at a Level III (Advanced) on the test at times doubled that of the state averages.

For a complete list of district scores, click here.

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of our students and staff on this first test administration,” said Superintendent David J. Faltys. “We truly have much to celebrate in terms of how our students performed on the test. However, we still have so much we do not know about STAAR and what it will mean for our kids in the future.

Dr. JJ Villarreal, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, said campus administrators are working diligently with central office curriculum coordinators and teachers to review individual scores for students and to identify areas for concern and/or improvement.

The 2012 STAAR administration was considered a “non-accountability year,” and public school officials across the state are still waiting for information on the accountability standards for individual, campus and district success. The state expects to share these accountability standards in March.

In 2013, students in grades 5 and 8 who do not master the Reading and Math STAAR at the “Satisfactory” level (Level II) will be required to retake that particular test before being able to advance to the next grade’s test.

“While our district’s leaders and teachers celebrate student achievement in Carroll ISD, we also recognize that the state will increase passing cut scores for this second year of STAAR administration,” Dr. Villarreal said. “This means that while some students have passed STAAR at this year’s phase-in passing score, there are some students who may not be successful under increased phase-in two passing scores.  So it is necessary to continue to provide additional support for our learners as we prepare for March and April STAAR testing.”