Commissioner of Education Mike Morath recently released proposed rules to change the student performance standard categories for STAAR effective for the 2016-17 school year. He recommends the current phase-in schedule be replaced with a final set of standards and labels to indicate four levels of student performance, as follows:

  • Did Not Meet Grade Level: This performance category applies to students scoring below Approaches Grade Level. It indicates that students are unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention. Students in this category do not demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the assessed knowledge and skills.
  • Approaches Grade Level: Performance at this level indicates that students are likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts.
  • Meets Grade Level: Performance in this category indicates that students have a high likelihood of success in the next grade or course but may still need some short-term, targeted academic intervention. Students in this category generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in familiar contexts. For Algebra II and English III, this performance level indicates students are sufficiently prepared for postsecondary success.
  • Masters Grade Level: Performance at this level indicates that students are expected to succeed in the next grade or course with little or no academic intervention. Students in this category demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply the assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar. For Algebra II and English III, this level of performance indicates students are well prepared for postsecondary success.

TEA is collecting public comment on the proposed rules through Jan. 9. Those wishing to submit public comments may do so via email to rules@tea.texas.gov.