More Than 76,000 Texas Students Failed STAAR Tests On 3rd Try

DALLAS (September 4, 2014) More than 76,000 students in the fifth and eighth grades didn't pass standardized math or reading tests on the third try this summer, the Texas Education Agency said Thursday.

Eleven 11 percent of fifth-graders and 9 percent of eighth-graders failed in reading and 9 percent of fifth-graders and 11 percent of eighth-graders didn't pass the math test.

Texas law says in order to advance to the next grade fifth and eighth graders must first pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR tests, but Education Commissioner Michael Williams suspended the requirement for the 2014 to 2015 school year in the math section.

The move was necessary because of new math standards being introduced this year, he said.

Students will still have to pass in reading, however.