AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today advised school districts and charters of his recommendation to replace the current phase-in schedule for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) student passing standards with a revised approach.
STAAR performance standards have
been scheduled to move to the more rigorous phase-in 2 passing standard this
school year. Each time the performance standard is increased, a student must
achieve a higher score in order to pass a STAAR exam. The STAAR performance
standards have been at phase-in 1 for the past four years.
Under new proposed rules from the
Commissioner, the traditional phase-in approach would be replaced with a
standard progression approach from 2015–2016 through 2021–2022, the year final
standards are scheduled to be in place. In other words, rather than larger
jumps to more rigorous performance standards every few years, this progression
approach would mean smaller, predictable increases every year through the
2021–2022 school year.
"This approach is intended
to minimize any abrupt single-year increase in the required Level II standard
for this school year and in the future," said Commissioner Williams.
"The standard progression approach will still allow annual, consistent,
incremental improvements toward the same final recommended Level II performance
standards in 2021–2022."
Phase-in 2 standards were
originally scheduled to take effect two years ago. However, Commissioner
Williams delayed that move to allow educators and students to adjust to the
more rigorous curriculum and assessments. In making this recommendation,
Commissioner Williams emphasized that increasing the performance standards in
smaller increments will still mean the state reaches the final performance
standards on the current schedule (as illustrated by the chart below).
The formal rule proposal
will be published in the Texas Register on Oct. 16, 2015. A 30-day public
comment period will then begin.
The proposed rules to move to a
standard progression approach can be accessed on the Texas Education agency
website at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/Commissioner_Rules_(TAC)/Proposed_Commissioner_of_Education_Rules/.