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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 1:17pm
Austin, TX — The Texas Education Agency announced today that approximately 309,000 students in the Class of 2015 have taken all or most of the end-of-course (EOC) assessments required for graduation. Of that number, approximately 76 percent of students - who are currently in their junior year of high school - have already passed the assessments they have taken and are on track to graduate under requirements set by the Texas Legislature in House Bill 5.
The cumulative passing rates reflect results from the December 2013 administration of EOCs. In addition, the increased percentages reflect students who have passed English I and English II EOCs based on HB 5 transition rules established by the commissioner of education.
"We should be proud that the majority of high school students in Texas continue to successfully complete the end-of-course assessments now required for graduation," said Commissioner Michael Williams. "With fewer assessments and greater flexibility provided to school districts under House Bill 5, Texans should expect those numbers to continue to improve."
Current highlights for students in the Class of 2015 include:
- There are approximately 309,000 students who have taken all or most of the EOC assessments required for graduation.
- Of the 24 percent of the students who have not passed all tests taken, about 43 percent of those need to successfully complete only one more assessment.
- There are about 224,000 students who have taken Algebra I, biology, English I, and English II with only U.S. history remaining. Students typically take this history course during their junior year.
HB 5 combined the English reading and writing tests into one assessment. The statute allows a transition for students who have already taken one or more of the earlier exams.
- Under the transition rule, students who earn a combined scale score of 3750 on the English I reading and writing tests or on the English II reading and writing tests are credited with passing the exams.
- Since spring 2012, there are 44,350 students who did not pass both English I reading and writing but passed via the commissioner's HB 5 transition rules.
- There are 34,547 students who did not pass both English II reading and writing but passed via the commissioner's HB 5 transition rules.
The December test administration marked the last time that the reading and writing exams were given separately. Beginning in May, there will be a combined reading and writing exam.
For the December 2013 STAAR EOC administration, which largely involved retesters, passing rates were as follows:
- U.S. history – 67 percent passed (8,281 tested)
- Biology – 42 percent passed (46,366 tested)
- English I Reading – 37 percent passed (109,970 tested)
- English II Reading – 35 percent passed (52,039 tested)
- English II Writing – 33 percent passed (93,715 tested)
- Algebra I – 30 percent passed (67,020 tested)
- English I Writing – 15 percent passed (153,375 tested)
Under House Bill 5, the number of EOCs required to graduate was reduced from 15 to five. Students that have not passed English I or II reading or writing will be required to take the new combined assessments beginning in spring 2014.
TO VIEW BY DISTRICT: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/src/2013/district.srch.html
The latest statewide summary reports are available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769809035.