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AISD Students Exceed Statewide Passing Rates on STAAR End-of‐Course Results

AUSTIN, Texas—AISD students met or exceeded the state average passing rates in all five of the STAAR end-of-course assessments administered to high school students in spring 2014, according to the preliminary statewide results released this week by the Texas Education Agency.

“The results on the EOC are a testament to the hard work and determination of our great students, teachers and principals. Having a system to review individual student progress and design specific interventions for each student is essential to realize student growth,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz said. “We look forward to analyzing all of the data to identify focus areas by content or student groups. AISD is committed to improving outcomes for all students.”

In preliminary results for first-time testers, AISD students posted the highest passing rate in biology. The 96 percent passing rate for AISD students was 3 percentage points higher than the statewide passing rate.

The next highest passing rates were in U.S. history, where AISD students passed at a rate of
93 percent compared to 92 percent for the state, and algebra I, where the AISD passing rate of 88 percent was 2 percentage points above the statewide rate.

This spring marked the initial use of combined reading and writing exam for students in English I and English II. In prior end-of-course test administrations, reading and writing were tested separately. Passing rates in these two courses continue to lag behind other core courses both for AISD and for the state.

Texas students are required to pass five end-of-course exams—algebra I, English I, English II, biology and U.S. history—in order to receive a high school diploma.

To learn more about STAAR results, please visit http://www.austinisd.org/staar.