AUSTIN (April 24, 2014) Almost 80 percent of fifth- and eighth-graders passed the Texas standardized math test on their first try this month while more than 75 percent passed the reading exam, the Texas Education Agency said Thursday.
Under state law students in fifth and eighth grades must pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, tests in reading and math to advance to the next grade.
The tests will be administered for a second time next month.
A second administration of the tests will be given in May.
In math, fifth-graders showed a 4 percent increase in passing rates on the first try compared to last year school year while eighth-graders had a 2 percent increase.
In reading, fifth-graders showed a 1 percent decrease compared to last year while eighth-graders had a 2 percent decrease.