While McKinney ISD students outpaced state averages on all end-of-course State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, district students’ scores dipped in most subjects from 2023 to 2024.

STAAR scores were published by the Texas Education Agency in June.

The gist

Students are tested in five subject areas—algebra I, biology, English I and II, and U.S. history.

Four performance levels are used to measure a student’s score:
  • Did not meet grade level means a student has not shown a sufficient understanding of the subject matter and skills. Students are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant academic intervention.
  • Approaches grade level means the student has some gaps in the content knowledge and may need additional support. This is still a passing score.
  • Meets grade level means the student has a strong understanding of the content and is prepared to progress to the next grade.
  • Masters grade level means the student has shown mastery of the course and is skilled in the subject area.
STAAR was redesigned in 2023 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.

The breakdown

MISD student scores decreased slightly from the 2022-23 school year in algebra I, English I and II, and U.S. history. Exam scores for biology stayed the same year over year.

For algebra I, 87% of MISD students passed in 2024 compared to 89% in 2023. Student scores remained consistent in the biology exam, with 94% of students meeting grade level in 2023 and 2024.

Scores in English exams decreased from 2023 to 2024. On the English I exam, 79% of students passed in 2024, while 82% of students passed in 2023. For English II, scores lowered from 85% of students passing in 2023 compared to 84% of students in 2024.

U.S. history passing exam scores reached 97% in 2024, with 98% of students passing in 2023.
Learn more

Parents and guardians can view their children's individual STAAR scores, including their student's answers for each question, on the TEA’s Texas Assessments website.