ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials with Ector County ISD say they are pleased after preliminary STAAR results were released this week.
The district says says 8th grade math scores improved by five percent, 50 percent in 2018 to 55 in 2019.
Meanwhile, 8th grade reading scores stayed the same at 59 percent, according to the release
Officials say 5th grade reading also increased by one point, but 5th grade math scores dipped slightly by two points.
I’m comparing the same group of students from year to year, 8th grade math rose nine points, while reading rose eight points in comparison to the students 7th grade scores, the report shows.
5th grade students increased their reading and math scores by six percent.
Officials say students also reached higher marks in the Meets Grade Level and Masters Grade Level performance standards.
“We are proud of the increases in these areas because that shows the focus and emphasis we have placed on meeting grade level rather than just passing at the minimum level of Approaches Grade Level,” a statement from the district Thursday read.
The district says 5th and 8th grade students are a part of the Student Success Initiative, which requires them to pass the test before they may be promoted to the next grade.
“We are proud of our students, teachers, and campus leaders leading up to the first administration and the work being done now in preparation for retesting. We anticipate a higher passing rate overall after the second administration in May,” the statement read.