Breckenridge ISD Testing Coordinator Karen Lawson reported results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing to the Breckenridge ISD Board of Trustees at Monday's regular meeting.
Lawson reported that BISD had progressed in many areas in comparison to the 2013 results of the STAAR test.
In third grade, reading scores registered 84 percent passage, up from 79 percent in 2013. Third-grade math scores came in with a 79 percent passage rate, compared to 68 percent in 2013.
Fourth-grade reading scores came in a 68 percent passage, down from 72 percent in 2013.
Fourth-grade math scores were 77 percent passage, down from 81 percent in 2013, and fourth-grade writing dropped seven points with 66 percent passing in 2014 compared to 73 percent in 2013.
Fifth-grade had 81 percent passage in reading, compared to 80 percent in 2013, and 87 percent passage in math, compared to the 2013 total of 86 percent.
Fifth-grade science scores came through with a 75 percent success rate, with 71 percent passing in 2013.
BISD sixth-grade students registered scores of 75 percent in reading and 89 percent in math, compared to scores of 77 percent in reading and 76 percent in math in 2013.
Breckenridge Junior High seventh-grade students scored 80 percent passage in reading and 79 percent in math, compared to 77 percent in reading and 76 percent in math compared to 2013.
Seventh-grade writing came in at 65 percent passage, down from a 75 percent passage rate in 2013.
Eight-grade students registered a 92 percent passage rate in reading, compared to 91 percent in 2013.
Eighth-grade math scores went up from 2013, scoring 91 percent in 2014 compared to 87 percent last year.
The End-of-Course (EOC) exams for Breckenridge High School had a few changes in 2014, compared to 2013.
Students were no longer required to take EOC tests in World History, World Geography, Chemistry, Algebra II and Geometry.
Students were also not required to take separate reading and writing exams in English I or English II.
The 2014 version featured one exam for English I and English II, along with EOC exams in Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History.
Tests that were taken in 2013 that were repeated in 2014 included Algebra I and Biology.
BHS students dropped just four points in Algebra I from 2013 to 2014, scoring 91 percent, compared to 95 percent last year.
BHS students scored 87 percent passage in 2013 for Biology but went up eight points with 95 percent passage in 2014.
BHS registered U.S. History passage scores of 93 percent passage, one point above the state average of 92 percent.
BHS had 62 percent passage of English I students and 63 percent passage of English II students.
English I averages equaled the state average while English II scores were three points below the state average.
About the STAAR test
STAAR tests are given to students in grades 3-8 and to students taking high school level courses in Algebra I, English I and II, U.S. History and Biology.
Texas launched the STAAR test in 2012. It replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).
According to the Texas Education Agency, STAAR is a more rigorous testing program.
It emphasizes “readiness” standards, which are the knowledge and skills that are considered most important for success in the grade or course subject that follows and for college and career.
STAAR will contain more test questions at most grades than did TAKS assessments.
The high school assessments will move from grade-based tests to course-based exams.
For the first time, the state's assessments will have a time limit.
Students will have four hours to complete each exam.