STAAR, end-of-course exams results released for Tomball ISD

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Tomball ISD students and parents can now see the district’s overall State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing scores for spring 2019.

STAAR testing tests the abilities of students in third grade and above. These scores tie into TISD’s state assessment score, which was released by the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 16.

Testing subjects for all students in grades 3-8 included reading and mathematics. Students’ abilities in writing, social studies and science were tested in certain grades. Students grades 9-12 were tested on algebra I, biology, English I and II, and U.S. history depending on their grade level.

The TEA measures scores by four levels: did not meet grade level, approaches grade level, meets grade level and masters grade level. They are graded as follows, according to the TEA’s website:

  • Did not meet grade level: shows a lack of basic understanding of course content; student needs significant support in the coming year
  • Approaches grade level: shows some knowledge of course content but may be missing critical elements; student may need additional support in the coming year
  • Meets grade level: shows strong knowledge of course content; student is prepared to progress to the next grade
  • Masters grade level: shows mastery of the course content; student is on track for college and career readiness

Here’s a look at how TISD students performed during spring 2019 testing.

STAAR scores

Third grade

Reading
Number of students tested: 1,242
Did not meet: 12%
Approaches: 88%
Meets: 61%
Masters: 41%

Math
Number of students tested: 1,325
Did not meet: 10%
Approaches: 90%
Meets: 65%
Masters: 38%

Fourth grade

Reading
Number of students tested: 1,285
Did not meet: 11%
Approaches: 89%
Meets: 63%
Masters: 38%

Math
Number of students tested: 1,377
Did not meet: 9%
Approaches: 91%
Meets: 69%
Masters: 46%

Writing
Number of students tested: 1,277
Did not meet: 18%
Approaches: 82%
Meets: 51%
Masters: 17%

Fifth grade

Reading
Number of students tested: 1,354
Did not meet: 9%
Approaches: 91%
Meets: 71%
Masters: 46%

Math
Number of students tested: 1,384
Did not meet: 6%
Approaches: 94%
Meets: 76%
Masters: 57%

Science
Number of students tested: 1,380
Did not meet: 11%
Approaches: 89%
Meets: 70%
Masters: 41%

Sixth grade

Reading
Number of students tested: 1,380
Did not meet: 16%
Approaches: 84%
Meets: 58%
Masters: 32%

Math
Number of students tested: 1,380
Did not meet: 6%
Approaches: 94%
Meets: 72%
Masters: 43%

Seventh grade

Reading
Number of students tested: 1,344
Did not meet: 10%
Approaches: 90%
Meets: 70%
Masters: 49%

Math
Number of students tested: 1,314
Did not meet: 8%
Approaches: 92%
Meets: 70%
Masters: 37%

Writing
Number of students tested: 1,345
Did not meet: 13%
Approaches: 87%
Meets: 64%
Masters: 36%

Eighth grade

Reading
Number of students tested: 1,245
Did not meet: 10%
Approaches: 90%
Meets: 72%
Masters: 45%

Math
Number of students tested: 761
Did not meet: 7%
Approaches: 93%
Meets: 71%
Masters: 20%

Science
Number of students tested: 1,245
Did not meet: 7%
Approaches: 93%
Meets: 69%
Masters: 42%

Social studies
Number of students tested: 1,245
Did not meet: 17%
Approaches: 83%
Meets: 54%
Masters: 34%

End-of-course exams

All grades

Algebra I
Number of students tested: 1,358
Did not meet: 8%
Approaches: 92%
Meets: 79%
Masters: 64%

Biology
Number of students tested: 1,300
Did not meet: 6%
Approaches: 94%
Meets: 80%
Masters: 41%

English I
Number of students tested: 1,333
Did not meet: 16%
Approaches: 84%
Meets: 75%
Masters: 25%

English II
Number of students tested: 1,292
Did not meet: 15%
Approaches: 85%
Meets: 74%
Masters: 21%

U.S. History
Number of students tested: 1,084
Did not meet: 2%
Approaches: 98%
Meets: 92%
Masters: 77%

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Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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