Countering statewide trend, Tomball ISD STAAR results show more students approaching grade level in biology, algebra

The Texas Education Agency released spring 2021 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results June 28, including results for Tomball ISD. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The Texas Education Agency released spring 2021 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results June 28, including results for Tomball ISD. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The Texas Education Agency released spring 2021 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results June 28, including results for Tomball ISD. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results released June 28 show Tomball ISD end-of-course results rose slightly from spring 2019 to spring 2021 with a greater percentage of students approaching grade level in algebra I, biology, and English I and II, according to data from the Texas Education Agency. However, statewide results showed a decline from spring 2019 to 2021 in the percentage of students approaching grade level in algebra, biology and U.S. history end-of-course results.

Results include exams in math and reading for grades 3-8, writing for grades 4 and 7, science for grades 5 and 8, social studies for grade 8, and high school EOC exams in algebra I, English I, English II, biology and U.S. history, according to a June 28 release from the TEA.

Despite a slight drop in the percentage of students approaching grade level for grades 3-8 assessments, TISD remained above the state average in all subject areas, according to TEA data.

The release stated districts with a higher percentage of students learning virtually in 2020-21 saw greater declines in assessment results.

Previous reporting shows TISD's virtual learning population declined throughout the school year. Community Impact Newspaper previously reported TISD's in-person learning population grew from 61.5% at the start of the 2020-21 school year to 83.31% in the last grading period of the school year.


"Thankfully, from early on, Texas prioritized the availability of in-person instruction during this tremendously difficult year. When students come into Texas public schools, they are well-served by Texas educators—a fact that these scores confirm. But it is also painfully clear that the pandemic had a very negative impact on learning. I shudder to consider the long-term impact on children in states that restricted in-person instruction," TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said in the release.

TISD saw the greatest decline in eighth-grade science and fourth-grade math with a decrease of 11 percentage points and 10 percentage points, respectively, in the percentage of students approaching grade level from spring 2019 to spring 2021, according to TEA data. On the contrary, the district saw the greatest growth in algebra I with an increase of 3 percentage points in the percentage of students approaching grade level from spring 2019 to spring 2021.


TISD has not responded to requests for comment as of publication.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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