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STAAR Clear Creek ISDSTAAR scores dip from 2019 to 2021, mirroring state trends

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Clear Creek ISD is analyzing State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness performance to address learning gaps in the hopes that all students will succeed in a post-pandemic educational landscape.

Spring 2019 Spring 2021 Percentage point change

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

average on the majority of the STAAR end-of-course exams, per CCISD’s June 30 statement. From 2019 to 2021, there were minimal increases or slight decreases in the percentage of CCISD secondary students who did not meet expectations in U.S. History, English I and English II; for biology and algebra, 3%-6%more students did not meet expectations this spring than in 2019. The district is analyzing student performance and developing instructional supports to address any learning gaps so all students can succeed in a post-pandemic educa- tional landscape, according to the Texas ocials said the pandemic had signicant eects on students, which led to a noticeable decline in STAAR performance. Ocials gave two key takeaways at a June 28 press conference: STAAR math scores fared signicantly worse than reading this year, and in-person students and districts performed much better than remote students and districts. “The performance decline is noticeable,” Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath said. Statewide STAAR participation was about 87% this spring compared to 96% in a normal year, according to Morath. The 2020-21 school year was full of unexpected turns for teachers and students, and the eects of CCISD statement. Statewide results coronavirus on “what school means and what school is” are far-reaching, Morath said. During the press conference, he

Percentage of students that did not meet expectations:

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results from this year’s spring administration released June 28 showed Clear Creek ISD students experienced a dip in perfor- mance compared to spring 2019—the last time the exams were adminis- tered—due to learning disruptions from COVID-19. This is consistent with statewide trends. Superintendent Eric Williams said in a June 30 statement to Community Impact Newspaper these scores reect hard work, dedication to students and a commitment to make the most of a dicult situation. “We can be proud of what our students accomplished with the support of our educators, parents and guardians,” Williams said. “They also indicate the work we have ahead of us in meeting the individual needs of our students as we prepare to start a new school year that will look a lot more like a prepandemic school year than the most recent school year.” State average results this year showed a 4% decrease in students reading at or above grade level and a 15% decline in students doing math at or above grade level compared to 2019. CCISD students were on par with that trend for reading, with up to 9% more students reading below grade level between grades three and eight; there was an 8%-18% increase in mathematics students performing below grade level, with more signicant gaps in seventh- and eighth-grade test takers. Students scored above the Texas

Math

19%

+10

29%

Reading

18%

+4

22%

Math

13%

+18

31%

Reading

15%

+4

19%

SOURCES: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY, DATA INTERACTION FOR TEXAS STUDENT ASSESSMENT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

standards aside from STAAR perfor- mance, former CCISD board member Page Rander and Robert Bayard, deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction, emphasized at a May 10 board workshop. “If there’s one thing that sets Clear Creek ISD apart frommany other districts, it is the opportunities for students. They’re multifaceted,” Bayard said as district leaders discussed takeaways from CCISD’s 2019-20 Community Based Account- ability Report. “We’re not just a worksheet-driven district. The fact that kids have opportunities in high school that many kids don’t even get until they’re juniors and seniors in college is amazing.” Matt Stephens contributed to this report.

emphasized the importance of local educators and parents developing action plans to support student liter- acy and numeracy moving forward. Data from the TEA shows the smallest performance declines were in districts where 76%-100% of students were learning in the tradi- tional classroom setting as opposed to virtually. As of March, more than 80% of CCISD students were learn- ing in-person, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. “What we know now with certainty is that the decision in Texas to prioritize in-person instruction was critical,” Morath said. Residents can see more of the preliminary results data at http://txreports.emetric.net. CCISD measures itself by various

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