AUSTIN (Jan. 15, 2015) — Following the December administration of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams, 90.3 percent of students in the Class of 2015 have successfully completed all exams required for high school graduation, according to the latest figures released by the Texas Education Agency.

Under House Bill 5 passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, students are required to pass five end-of-course exams – Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and U.S. History – along with their courses to receive a high school diploma. The Class of 2015 is the first graduating class under STAAR testing requirements.

Heading into the 2014–2015 school year, 83.5 percent of students in the Class of 2015 had already passed all five assessments and, as a result, faced no state-mandated tests during their senior year. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams noted that between summer 2014 and fall 2014, almost 20,000 additional students managed to meet all their testing requirements for graduation.

"Over the first part of this school year, the hard work of Texas educators to help students who still need to show proficiency in these fundamental core subjects is truly paying off," said Commissioner Williams.

The chart below shows the breakdown of end-of-course exam passing rates for students in the current Class of 2015.

 

  STUDENTS %
Passed All End-Of-Course Exams (5) 262,885 90.3%
One End-Of-Course Exam Still Needed 13,490 4.6%
Two End-Of-Course Exams Still Needed 7,154 2.5%
Three or More End-Of-Course Exams Still Needed 7,533 2.6%
TOTALS 291,062 100.0%

 

Among those students who haven’t passed all required tests, English II is the most common test that students are still trying to pass. The remaining subjects (in descending order of the tests student still need to pass) include U.S. History; English I; Algebra I; and Biology.

Students in the Class of 2015 needing to pass one or more STAAR end-of-course exams will have another opportunity to do so prior to their scheduled graduation in spring 2015. Overall passing rates are projected to climb again following the May 2015 administration of the exams. The number of times an individual student has taken an end-of-course exam varies, depending on when the student first took the course associated with the test.

As a point of comparison, 90.2 percent of students in the Class of 2005 – the first required to take four Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exams for high school graduation – passed all tests at the time of graduation. In contrast, 90.3 percent of the Class of 2015 has passed all STAAR exams required for graduation, with one more opportunity to take the STAAR EOC assessments before graduation this spring.

To review state-level reports, visit the Texas Education Agency website at tea.texas.gov/staar/rpt/sum.

 

About the TEA

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is the administrative unit for primary and secondary public education. The mission of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students and prepare them for success in the global economy. The TEA, the State Board of Education (SBOE), and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) guide and monitor activities and programs related to public education in Texas. For more information, visit tea.state.tx.us.