Texas students fared no better the second year they took a new, more difficult standardized test, with nearly half of them again failing the writing portion this spring.
Students performed best on the science portion of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, with passing rates on courses typically taken by high school freshmen ranging from 88 percent in Biology to 54 percent in English I writing, the test that students struggle with the most.
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WHAT THE TEST MEANS
Students in 5th and 8th grade must pass the reading and math STAAR tests to move on to the next grade. High school students must pass the test in five subjects in order to graduate.
A bill passed this session and signed into law Monday reduced the number of tests students must pass to graduate from 15 to five. Those tests, mostly taken in 9th and 10th grade are the Algebra I, biology, English I and II and U.S. history tests. It’s unclear how students who failed the other tests no longer required for graduation will be affected by the new law.
A provision that would have factored those scores into students’ grades in their class was waived before it could take effect.