AUSTIN (June 11, 2014) Eighty-one percent of next year’s class of high school seniors passed all five required STAAR end-of-course exams, but nearly one in five didn’t, according to figures released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency.
More than eighty percent of students in the Class of 2015 face no state-mandated tests during their senior year,” Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said.
“With that academic success in hand, superintendents can now focus remediation efforts on the fewer than 20 percent of students still in need of passing end-of-course exams while ensuring that all students can graduate and achieve beyond high school.”
Last summer the Legislature reduced the number of standardized tests high school students are required to pass from a nation-leading 15 to five, which cover Algebra I, English I and II, Biology and U.S. History.
Of those who didn’t pass all five exams, 4.8 percent need to retake three or more of the tests, 5.6 percent need to retake two test and 8.6 percent need to retake just one test, the most common of which is English II.
Students will have three chances to retake the tests before graduation next spring.