On average, Frisco ISD students improved in most subjects in the spring administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, according to results released Aug. 16.

“While we are pleased with the spring 2023 STAAR and [end of course] scores, we know that the true measure of a student or campus cannot be captured by the score of a single standardized test,” FISD Associate Deputy Superintendent Wes Cunningham said in an emailed statement.

The gist

Students in grade 3-8 are all tested in reading and math. Additionally, fifth and eighth grade students are tested in science, while eighth graders are also tested in social studies.

In all subjects tested in grades 3-8, FISD performed above the state average. When compared to the district's 2022 scores, most of the district’s scores in reading either stayed the same or showed academic growth.

Fifth grade reading scores saw a decrease in this year’s scores, which dipped from 93% in 2022 to 92% in 2023, according to Texas Education Agency data.
Math scores for students in grades 3-8 improved from 2022 to 2023, TEA data shows. FISD surpassed the state’s average in all grades.
For the science STAAR, students’ passing rate stayed about the same year over year, with fifth grade student’s remaining at 82% for passing and eighth graders improving from 92% in 2022 to 93% in 2023.
In social studies, FISD’s scores showed academic improvement and jumped from 85% passing in 2022 to 96% passing in 2023.
The approach

The 2023 STAAR was redesigned to align the assessments closer to how students are taught in the classroom. Changes include the type of questions asked and switching to an online format. STAAR scores were delayed as a result of the new format.

One more thing

Cunningham said the district is still waiting on a breakdown of scores for student groups and demographics from TEA that will be put in a full report shared with the community in October. The district will also release the campus and district accountability report when TEA releases its A-F accountability reports.

STAAR scores for students in the third grade or higher are posted on the district’s Home Access Center.