In 2021, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3261 requiring state assessments to be administered online by the 2022-23 school year.

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System results for the spring were released Aug. 15, and while Magnolia ISD students outperformed the state in many grades and subjects, bilingual students and students with English as a second language struggled when the writing portion of TELPAS went online, district officials said.

The overview

Nancy Rodriguez, director of bilingual/ESL and world language, gave an annual program report during an Oct. 16 board meeting to show where students struggled and excelled in their first year of the redesigned STAAR and TELPAS tests.
  • In STAAR reading for grades 3-8, over 300 students did not approach grade level.
  • In secondary grades for the end-of-course English I assessment, 237 students did not approach grade level.
  • In the English II end-of-course assessment, 155 students did not approach grade level.
  • Out of 1,737 students, 430 students regressed in grades 3-12 with the TELPAS online tests for listening and speaking, reading, and writing while 1,009 stayed the same.
According to the presentation, the goal of MISD's bilingual and ESL programs is for students to acquire academic English at the level nearly comparable to their native English-speaking peers and meet the reclassification criteria set forth by the TEA.

The criteria includes meeting certain scores on the STAAR and Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System. For the 2022-23 school year, only three students at the elementary level and six at the secondary level were reclassified.

"I have to emphasize that writing went online in the spring, and that posed a big challenge for our students, same as when speaking went online," Rodriguez said.