A state-mandated study of the controversial STAAR tests has found that a large percentage of reading and writing passages used in this year’s exams were of acceptable difficulty for elementary and middle school students.
A study released earlier this week by The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, located in Austin, determined that up to 97 percent of reading and writing passages met their criteria for grade-level appropriate text.
The study was ordered by state lawmakers after arguments from some educators saying that the passages were too difficult to accurately measure the aptitude of students.
The Texas Education Agency applauded the findings, saying in a statement it believes these findings validate the test’s ability to “serve as a tool for measuring student progress and success”.
However, the Texas School Alliance, which represents roughly 40 large school districts, some of which have put out the claims of unfairness, said the study’s findings were “inconclusive” due to using flawed methods and not including raw data.