Texas Education Agency Releases Spring 2017 5th and 8th Grade STAAR Results

From the press release I quote, “More than 80 percent of the state’s fifth grade students successfully passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) mathematics test and more than three-quarters of the state’s eighth graders successfully passed the STAAR reading test, according to preliminary results released today by the Texas Education Agency. The results reflect passing rates for the spring 2017 administration of STAAR in March”

On the surface, these look like very promising results. The reality is that they are subjective in the fact that the “passing standard” is not established until after the tests are completed and scored.  After all the tests are scored, then the TEA lines up all the test in rank order and determines the cut line for passing and failing. It is the craziest thing in the world.

In most normal testing situations the “passing standard” is determined prior to testing, but not in Texas. By determining the passing standard in this manner it makes hitting the target very difficult because we are essentially blindfolded and aiming at a moving target.

Texas, where scoring 35% correct on a test equals “passing”.  This is just another reason to do away with testing completely. The tests are invalid. The scores are invalid. The passing standard is invalid.

David R. Taylor                                                                                                                                   29-year Teacher, Coach, and Principal

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