On Monday, TEA released the results of the spring 2021 STAAR administration, and as you’ve probably heard by now, they were not great, to say the least. Here’s what you need to know:
- Across all grades and subjects, 34 percent of students did not meet grade level on the 2021 STAAR test. This was up from 25 percent compared to the 2019 administration of STAAR.
- The declines were particularly pronounced in math. As shown in the graph above, the percent of grades 3-8 mathematics and Algebra I tests at “meets grade level” or higher fell from 50 percent in 2019 to 35 percent in 2021.
“Meets grade level” percentages in reading fell from 47 percent in 2019 to 43 percent in 2021. There was a bit of a silver lining with English I and English II EOCs. Among those assessments, the percent at “meets grade level” actually rose from 50 percent in 2019 to 54 percent in 2021.
- The declines were more significant for economically disadvantaged students and within districts that were primarily remote (which TEA defined as having fewer than 25 percent of students in person for most of the year).
The tables below show some of these results by percent of students in-person.
Economically Disadvantaged Students
You can find additional information from TEA regarding the 2021 STAAR results here.