YISD STAAR scores show results of pandemic

Yorktown News View

By Renae Miller

As predicted by many, COVID-19 and school shutdowns along with online learning during the past school year caused a major drop in STAAR testing scores.

Every subject in each Grade 3-8 had an increase in students not meeting the grade-level standards compared to 2019 when the last STAAR tests were taken. English I and English II are the only exceptions.

The Texas Education Agency reported, “Districts with a higher percentage of students learning virtually experienced a greater degree of declines.”

In fact, districts that had at most 25% of students learning virtually only saw a drop of 9% in performance compared to districts where at least 75% of students were learning, student performance dropped 32%.

“The impact of the coronavirus on what school means and what school is has been truly profound,” Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told reporters. “What we know now with certainty is that the decision in Texas to prioritize in-person instruction was critical.”

As for high school results, the Texas Standard reported that students showed a sharp drop in math scores. Compared to 66% last year, only 42% of high schoolers who took the primary high school math test were considered to be ‘at grade level’.

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