The Texas Education Agency (TEA) on Wednesday released the results from this spring’s STAAR assessments for grades 3-8.
Brenham ISD saw mixed improvement when compared to its scores from last year’s tests and falls shy of state averages in most of the recorded grade levels. Meanwhile, Burton ISD’s results show mostly growth from a year ago and outpace the state for a majority of class levels.
The results include assessments in mathematics and reading-language arts (RLA) in grades 3-8, 5th and 8th grade science and 8th grade social studies.
From 2022 to 2023, Brenham ISD’s RLA scores for students that “approach” grade level were up for students in grades 3 and 6 and down for grades 4, 5, 7 and 8. Math “approach” scores were improved in grade 3, unchanged for grade 5 and down for grades 4-6 and 8. For science, scores were steady for 8th grade and down for 5th. Social studies scores were down for 8th grade.
When it came to “meeting” grade level, Brenham’s RLA scores matched what was seen for “approaching”: higher for grades 3 and 6 and lower for 4, 5, 7 and 8. Math was up for grades 3 and 7, but down for 4, 5, 6 and 8. Science improved in 8th grade and declined in 5th grade. Social studies was down.
For grade level “mastery”, Brenham reported lower RLA levels for grades 3-8. Math held steady in 7th grade but was lower for grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. Science was down for 5th and 8th grades. Social studies was also lower.
In comparison to the state, Brenham ISD scores for “approaching” exceeded the state in 6th grade reading, 7th grade math and 8th grade science. The latter two were also above the state average for “meeting” and “mastering” grade level.
Moving to Burton ISD, “approach” scores for RLA were up from last year in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 and down for grades 3 and 4. Math improved for 5, 7 and 8 and declined for 3, 4 and 6. Science was up for grades 5 and 8, and social studies for 8th grade was also up.
“Meeting” scores were higher in RLA for 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th grades and lower for 4th and 6th. Math showed upgrades in grades 3, 5 and 7, but were down for 4, 6 and 8. Science in grades 5 and 8, along with 8th grade social studies, were again higher.
Results for “mastery” in RLA were up for 5th grade but down for 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Math scores were higher in 3rd and 7th grade, remained the same for 8th, and were lower in 4th, 5th and 6th. Science was up for 8th grade and down for 5th. Social studies was once again improved.
Looking at Burton ISD compared to the state, “approach” scores surpassed or matched the state in RLA and math for grades 3-8, 5th and 8th grade science, and 8th grade social studies. The district’s “meet” scores were above or on par with the state in RLA for 3rd through 8th grade, 3rd through 7th grade math, 5th and 8th grade science, and 8th grade social studies. “Mastery” scores were higher than the state in RLA for grades 3 and 5-8, math for grades 3-7, and science and social studies for 8th grade.