After grades 3-8 had across-the-board standardized test score improvements from 2021 to 2022 in Lamar CISD, the latest 2023 scores show significant increases in reading for sixth grade and improvements in math scores for fifth grade, while slightly down in science and social studies from 2022 to 2023, according to results released Aug. 16.
  • Reading scores increased year-over-year by 6 percentage points in sixth grade and stayed the same for third, fourth and fifth, while decreasing slightly in seventh and eighth grades.
  • Math scores decreased slightly for fourth, sixth and eighth grades, while going slightly up for fifth grade and steady for third and seventh graders.
  • Scores in science went down slightly for both fifth and eighth grades.
  • Social studies scores decreased by 4 percentage points for eighth grade.

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 standardized testing 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.