Superintendent Approves STAR’s 15 Percent Waiver

Announcing the district’s approval of the waiver of the 15 percent rule on the STAR test, Superintendent Brian G. Gottardy sent a letter to inform parents yesterday of the decision

The Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), the test that will replace the TAKS, is designed to be 15 percent of the students final course grade. For the first year of implementation, however, the Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott, recently gave school districts the ability to defer the 15 percent grading requirement for the 2011-2012 school year.

Under STAAR, first time high school freshmen and middle school students taking Algebra I or Geometry will be required to take end-of-course (EOC) assessments for courses in which they are enrolled. State law requires that 15 percent of a student’s EOC exam grade count toward his/her final course grade for the year.

“I will be notifying the Texas Education Agency (TEA) of the district’s decision to postpone the 15 percent requirement as allowed by the commissioner,” Gottardy’s letter read.  “Therefore, for the 2011-2012 school year, EOC performance will not influence the final course grade or credit.

It is important to note that the EOC cumulative score requirements for graduation are still in place, beginning with tests taken during 2011-2012. Students will accrue a cumulative score for each foundation subject – math, science, English and social studies. To graduate, a student must achieve a cumulative score that is at least equal to the product of the number of required EOC assessments taken in each content area and a score that falls within the Satisfactory Academic Performance standard, which will be provided in May as indicated by TEA.

2011-2012 STAAR Testing Dates (first administration)

March 26, 2012—  English I Writing, English III Writing

March 27, 2012—English I Reading, English III Reading

March 28, 2012—English II Writing

March 29, 2012—English II Reading

May 7, 2012—Algebra I, Algebra II

May 8, 2012—U.S. History, Chemistry

May 9, 2012—Biology, Physics

For more information about the STAR visit the NEISD STAAR website at www.neisd.net/staar.

 

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