The results of the Texas State School Readiness Assessments for the spring of 2021 showed that students at Pearland and Alvin ISD performed fair or above the state average at all levels. (Community impact newspaper staff)
Pearland ISD and Alvin ISD students have remained at or above the state average in all subjects and grade levels, according to the results of the Texas State Academic Readiness Assessments in the spring of 2021, but the overall scores followed the 2019 declining trend seen across the state.
The Texas Education Agency disclosed the results of the spring 2021 STAAR tests on June 28.
“The data can be daunting, but with it our teachers and principals are developing action plans to support students in the new school year,” TEA Commissioner Mike Morath said in a statement. Press release.
Following the state trend, the percentage of students who met the criteria for near grade level decreased in both PISD and AISD compared to their 2019 data.
Although most scores fell from 2019, PISD saw its math scores skyrocket above the state average: Grades 3-7 in the district were all higher. 80% when it comes to students reaching the school level close to or above the category. Even eighth-grade math scores, which were the only ones not exceeding 80% in the district, were still six percentage points above the state average of 66%. However, the district’s eighth-grade math scores fell from where they were in the district in 2019, which was 94%.
“Compared to the decline of the state, Pearland is shining,” said Nyla Watson, director of studies at PISD. “We have areas where strong interventions will be needed; overall, we saw minimal declines. Our distance students are not significantly inferior to our face-to-face students. We certainly have work to do to be successful in the long term, but we look forward to students being on campus and starting interventions on a one-to-one basis.
Writing scores in grade seven, however, improved in PISD, from 82% in 2019 to 84% in 2021.
AISD saw scores drop significantly in math exams at all grade levels compared to 2019 scores. The biggest drop came in fourth grade math scores which fell from 79% of students. approaching the grade level in 2019 to 65% in 2021, but they were still above the state average for fourth-grade math, which was 58%.
Reading scores were a strong point for AISD compared to the state average: All grade levels except grade six had reading test scores above 71%.
“Credit goes to the dedication of our staff who have continued to provide engaging teaching both face-to-face and virtually,” said Carol Nelson, Superintendent of AISD. “We demanded that any student who failed to resume face-to-face teaching. Some of our schools have recovered more than 90% of their students.
Similar to PISD, AISD has also seen an increase in writing scores in grade seven, from 65% of students approaching grade level in 2019 to 68% in 2021.
Scores in 2019 and 2021 for reading in sixth and seventh grades remained exactly the same in AISD, with 69% of students approaching grade level for reading in sixth grade in 2019 and 2021. Reading test results in seventh grade were also 74% in both years.
“Armed with the best information, working closely and with important new backers from the Texas legislature, we will provide students with stronger academic growth than ever before,” Morath said in the press release.