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Texas HS Students Show Improvement in STAAR End-of-Course Results

KETK NBC (Texas) (06/04/14) Sardina, Teresa

Preliminary statewide results from the Texas Education Agency reveal strong passing rates for high school students taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course exams in Biology, Algebra I, and U.S. History. State Education Commissioner Michael Williams said, "It's encouraging to see ongoing improvement in core subjects such as Algebra I and Biology as students and teachers adapt to the higher rigor of STAAR. Academic success for our students today strengthens the Texas of tomorrow." Texas students are required to pass five end-of-course exams in order to receive a high school diploma, and the 93 percent passing rate for first-time Biology exam testers in the 2013-14 school year was a 6 percent increase from the previous year. Students posted a 92 percent passing rate for the first History end-of-course exam, and 86 percent passed the Algebra I end-of-course exam. Only 72 percent passed the English I end-of-course exam, and only 73 percent passed the English II end-of-course exam. "Regardless of what a student plans to do after high school, reading and writing are fundamental elements of any job or career. We must work together to assure our students are in a position to express themselves beyond 140 characters after they leave high school," said Williams. Students will have an opportunity to retake the tests July 7-11.
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