We all know a school is much more than the test scores its students receive. While there are always math formulas and history facts to be learned, students also gain enrichment from art, music and theater classes, develop perseverance by participating in sports teams, and build community through clubs and activities. Standardized tests are just one piece of the puzzle, but they remain a primary tool to assess campus performance and progress.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, based on state curriculum standards, have been used to evaluate student learning at Texas public schools since 2012. High school students take end of course assessments to determine whether they are ready for the next grade level. Those test scores are then combined with numerous other factors to make that school’s report card for the year. On the following two pages you will find the STAAR results for 19 public schools in McLennan County.
The overall performance score, found at the top, is determined by looking at three domains, listed directly underneath — student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. Student achievement is calculated by looking at the school’s STAAR performance score; college, career and military readiness; and graduation rate. School progress is represented by taking the higher score between academic growth rate and relative performance. Academic growth compares how much better students performed on the STAAR test this year compared to the previous year. Relative performance analyzes how well a school’s students are progressing compared to those at schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students. Closing the gaps examines the progress of different groups of students — including students of different races and economic backgrounds — comparing how each group meets state goals. The more groups that meet state goals, the higher the school’s closing the gaps score.
Along with these assessment scores, we’ve included other statistics, such as demographics, average teacher salary and classroom size. Finally, at the bottom are distinction designations, which are earned when a campus exceeds performance in an area compared to 40 similar campuses. If a campus does not receive a distinction designation, that does not mean the campus failed those categories. Rather, no award indicates the campus did not have outstanding performance in that category.
To learn more about how schools are graded and to view additional statistics, visit txschools.gov.