Texas schools examine first STAAR test results

By: Nicolette Schleisman Email
By: Nicolette Schleisman Email

BELLS, TX -- The STAAR test results are back in, and the results are bleak.

Officials in Austin judged ninth-graders scores by the final standards and only 41 percent would have passed biology, 39 would have passed algebra.

But here in Texoma, School districts as a whole did fairly well. In fact Bells ISD did better Texas' average score.

"We knew that we wouldn't fair as well on the STAAR testing as we did with the TAKS test. But there will be phase in standards, and even with those, we still feel pretty good about where we are, we've been working to increase the rigor in our classrooms," said Tricia Meek, Bells Independent School District Assistant Superintendent.

The end-of-term results for high school students are the only ones back so far. Grades 3 through 8 have not been determined yet.


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  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jun 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    Those who want to blame "the government" have a point. However, the government that is to blame is a government that has been infested with those who want to see the government fail. Our public school systems served us well for a long time, but those who believe anything and everything government does is evil will do whatever it takes to ruin our public schools, and they have become increasingly successful at it. Folks have griped about our government ever since its inception. For the most part they never possessed an effective political voice, but that has all changed. Any system needs improvement, but those of whom I speak do not concern themselves with improvement. They only wish to destroy, and let everyone fend for themselves.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 at 07:55 PM
    School Testing 101: It's not about academic success. It is about "creating" the need for charter schools. The hottest bond investments on Wall Street are charter school bonds. Follow the money stupid.
  • by Teacher in Bells Location: Bells on Jun 21, 2012 at 05:57 PM
    Dear Fed Up, If your children were bored and they did not do anything in school during the last 6 weeks, then that is their teachers' fault - not the state's. Speaking as a teacher, there is always something to teach the students whether it has anything to do with the STAAR or not. If you think they don't need to be at school every day, then either they are geniuses or their teachers are depriving them of a good education on a daily basis. The STAAR has nothing to do with that. Their teachers can and should be teaching the objectives in a meaningful manner, regardless of whether or not there is a test. If they are "teaching the test", then your school needs to find new teachers. My students performed VERY well on the test, and I did not "teach the test", I taught the material.
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      by L on Jun 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM in reply to Teacher in Bells
      Well, you are blind. Schools in high poverty areas are facing real challenges because the students dont have background knowledge. We have to close the gap for up to 3 or 4 years. And this is happening not because we dont want our students to be succesful, Who doesnt want be successful???, it is because we are always getting the feet wet and then moving on to the next thing.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2012 at 05:56 PM in reply to Teacher in Bells
      Teacher in Bells, don't sit there and tell me these STAAR test are helping our kids or are you taught the material. Fed Up is right, these are the stupidist test that Texas have come up with, its not Obama fault, people would stand up for what is right and stand up to this state we could go back to the basics math, reading and english. I know one thing your students don't know and you have never taught them is to how to count money, do they know how to write in cursive hand writing, or do they just pirnt everything. These test are STUPID PERIOD!
  • by Concerned on Jun 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    KXII didn't explain that 99-100 freshman failed the English/Writing star at DHS.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM
    More government idiots getting up in your stuff! We need government OUT of our lives!!!
  • by Fed Up with Public School Location: sherman on Jun 21, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    Yes! Because that is just what we need, more "rigor" in our schools. Nevermind being engaging, fun, exciting, innovative. what we need is more rigor to get these kids to pass these standardized tests. TAKS, STAAR, whatever you want to call them, are killing our public school system. Just ask the teachers that are having to teach these tests. The public school system has become all about funding. Pass the tests to get the money. Go to school a certain number of days to get the money. the last 6 weeks of school my kids were bored to death because the tests were finished and they had nothing left to teach. But gotta keep going to get that funding. Private schools are too expensive, so home schooling it is for my kids next year.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 at 06:02 AM
    Pretty sad that the best news is that Bells did a little "better than average"......that's not saying much. More government intervention, less productivity and efficiency! No worries, emperor Oblamer is going to fix it.....just like he's fixed everything else.
  • by Jack Location: Fannin county on Jun 20, 2012 at 07:29 PM
    The reason for Texas having the low scores, is because instead of teachers being permitted to educate our children, they can only prep them for tests. I recently hired a seniorin high school, that was only weeks away from graduating. The disturbing thing is that, this Senior had no clue how to make change for a customer. It is Sad to think that our high school graduates dont know simple things such as making change. How are they to one day lead our country?
  • by Ashley Location: Bells on Jun 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
    Bells has always been a great school district. Great bunch of people in administration and a great group of teachers. I graduated from Bells, and now my kids go there. We may not show up as much in sports, but in academics, we have always excelled.
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