Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect comments from Austin ISD officials.

The Texas Education Agency released this spring's State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results Aug. 16.

In comparison to 2022, Austin ISD students have had little improvement in most subjects. A noticeable decline in passing scores from last year was seen in subjects such as fifth and third grade Spanish reading, according to results from the TEA.

Diving in deeper

According to the TEA results, AISD third to eighth grade students performed above the state average in:
  • Third grade reading
  • Fourth grade reading
  • Fifth grade reading
  • Fourth grade math
  • Fifth grade science
  • Eighth grade social studies
AISD students performed below state averages in:
  • Sixth grade reading
  • Seventh grade reading
  • Eighth grade reading
  • Math across all grade levels with the exception of fourth grade
  • Eighth grade science
  • All subjects administered in Spanish
Zooming out

The standardized tests were redesigned in 2023 following the passage of House Bill 3906 in 2019 and were administered almost exclusively online.

“TEA messaging is that the assessments at any given grade level are not any more rigorous than what they were in the past,” AISD director of campus and district accountability Dillion Finan said at a board meeting Aug. 31. “If you look closely at the cut scores between the different performance levels, that tells us a different story.”

Across the state, a similar or higher percentage of students met expectations for these grade levels this year in comparison to 2022, as previously reported by Community Impact.

What’s next

Parents can access their student’s scores at www.texasassessment.gov.

On Sept. 28, the TEA will issue accountability ratings for districts and public schools across the state, scored on an A-F scale based on Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps for at-risk students.

For more information on AISD, visit www.austinisd.org.