GRAPEVINE — Grapevine-Colleyville students scored higher than the statewide average in almost all areas of the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) grade-school and end-of-course exams administered this spring.In some subject and grade level areas, they scored better than 50 points above their peers statewide.The second year of STAAR assessments were more difficult than last year’s preliminary tests, and next year’s tests will be even tougher, bringing the exams up to their recommended standard of rigor.The students’ goal was to reach the satisfactory (passing) level for year two, although some students have already reached the year three recommended standard.Math scores were standout for Grapevine-Colleyville high school students who scored 100 percent satisfactory in Algebra 2.There was only one exception to the good report.Grapevine-Colleyville high school students scored only 22 percent satisfactory in the Writing 3 test, which is considered one of STAAR’s most difficult subjects. It was the only level at which the state score was higher than the district’s, and very few students took the upper-level exam. It was also the last administration of the Writing 3 test since new state legislation has cut down the number of end-of-course exams required to graduate. The remaining requirements are Algebra 1, English 1, English 2, Biology and U.S. History. The English exams will combine the currently separate reading 1 and 2 and writing 1 and 2 elements.Statewide, fifth grade reading and math were problem areas, with only 18 percent making satisfactory in reading, and 20 percent making a satisfactory grade in math.Eighth grade scores statewide were very low in two areas. Reading was 12 percent and math was 10 percent satisfactory.
Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657 Twitter: @shirljinkins