After grades 3-8 had across-the-board standardized test score improvements from 2021 to 2022 in Katy ISD, recently released 2023 scores show the district increased levels of academic growth in some grades and subjects while staying the same or showing slight declines in others year over year, according to results released Aug. 16.
  • The percentage of students passing reading exams slightly increased in fourth, sixth and eighth grade; stayed about the same in grades three and five; and dropped one percentage point in seventh grade.
  • Math passage rates stayed consistent in third, fourth and sixth grades, but increased in fifth and eighth grades, and decreased slightly in seventh grade.
  • Science passage rates dropped for fifth grade, but stayed the same for eighth grade.
  • Eighth grade social studies passage rates increased by one percentage point.

The Texas Education Agency published the statewide results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness on Aug. 16. Public school students must perform to at least the “approaches grade level” standard to pass the test. Families can view their child’s individual exam scores at

Statewide, students have recovered from reading and language arts learning loss due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, schools are struggling to bring scores to prepandemic levels in math, according to the TEA. Learn more about statewide results here.

STAAR scores for all five high school end-of-course exam subjects—Algebra 1, English 1, English 2, biology and U.S. history—increased this spring compared to last year, showing continued academic recovery in the aftermath of pandemic-related disruptions.

Keep in mind

Because the STAAR was redesigned in 2023, this year's scores cannot be directly compared to those of previous years. House Bill 3906 in 2019 mandated a redesign “to better align with classroom instruction,” officials said. The redesign was a multiyear collaboration between the TEA and state educators, students, parents and community members.

Assessments this year emphasized writing skills, and this was the first year tests were administered almost exclusively online.