Most Texas students taking State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests this spring met grade level or achieved higher level performance, according to results released June 14 by the Texas Education Agency.

Students receive a STAAR performance label of Masters Grade Level, Meets Grade Level, Approaches Grade Level, or Did Not Meet Grade Level. Performance labels of Masters, Meets or Approaches Grade Level indicate achievement on the assessment.

End-of-course exams

TEA released the statewide results for high school students tested in spring 2018. 

Course Approaches Grade
Level (or higher)
Meets Grade
Level (or higher)
Masters
Grade Level
Algebra 1 83% 56% 33%
English I 60% 44% 7%
English II 66% 50% 8%
Biology 87% 60% 24%
U.S. History 92% 72% 42%

Scores show high school students peformed better than in 2017 on four of the five end-of-course assessments:

  • On the Algebra I exam, 56% of students met grade level in 2018, up from 50% in 2017.
  • On the English I exam, 44% of students met grade level in 2018, equaling scores in 2017.
  • On the English II exam, 50% of students met grade level in 2018, up from 47% in 2017.
  • On the Biology exam, 60% of students met grade level in 2018, up from 59% in 2017.
  • On the U.S. History exam, 72% of students met grade level in 2018, up from 67% in 2017.

Math and reading

TEA also released the statewide results for students in grades 3-8 on the math and reading exams in spring 2018.

MATH SCORES

Grade Approaches Grade
Level (or higher)
Meets Grade
Level (or higher)
Masters
Grade Level
3 77% 46% 23%
4 78% 47% 26%
5 84% 57% 30%
6 76% 43% 17%
7 71% 38% 17%
8 78% 49% 15%

READING SCORES

Grade Approaches Grade
Level (or higher)
Meets Grade
Level (or higher)
Masters
Grade Level
3 76% 42% 24%
4 72% 45% 24%
5 78% 51% 25%
6 66% 36% 18%
7 72% 45% 27%
8 76% 46% 25%

Performance on the exams was mixed when compared to Meets Grade Level scores in 2017:

  • Grade 3 math scores were 46% in 2018, down from 48% in 2017. 
  • Grade 4 math scores were 47% in 2018, up from 46% in 2017. 
  • Grade 5 math scores were 57% in 2018, up from 48% in 2017. 
  • Grade 6 math scores were 43% in 2018, up from 41% in 2017. 
  • Grade 7 math scores were 38% in 2018, the same as in 2017. 
  • Grade 8 math scores were 49% in 2018, up from 43% in 2017. 
  • Grade 3 reading scores were 42% in 2018, down from 45% in 2017. 
  • Grade 4 reading scores were 45% in 2018, up from 43% in 2017. 
  • Grade 5 reading scores were 51% in 2018, up from 45% in 2017. 
  • Grade 6 reading scores were 36% in 2018, the same as in 2017. 
  • Grade 7 reading scores were 45% in 2018, up from 45% in 2017. 
  • Grade 8 reading scores were 46% in 2018, down from 47% in 2017. 

Social studies, science and writing

TEA also released the statewide results for students in grades 4-8 on the social studies, science and writing exams in spring 2018.

SOCIAL STUDIES SCORES

Grade Approaches Grade
Level (or higher)
Meets Grade
Level (or higher)
Masters
Grade Level
8 64% 34% 20%

SCIENCE SCORES

Grade Approaches Grade
Level (or higher)
Meets Grade
Level (or higher)
Masters
Grade Level
5 75% 40% 16%
8 74% 50% 27%

WRITING SCORES

Grade Approaches Grade
Level (or higher)
Meets Grade
Level (or higher)
Masters
Grade Level
4 61% 38% 10%
7 67% 41% 14%

Performance on the exams was mixed when compared to Meets Grade Level scores in 2017:

  • Grade 8 social studies scores were 34%, up from 31% in 2017.
  • Grade 5 science scores were 40%, down from 41% in 2017.
  • Grade 8 science scores were 50%, up from 46% in 2017.
  • Grade 4 writing scores were 38%, up from 32% in 2017.
  • Grade 7 writing scores were 41%, up from 37% in 2017.

To further explore the statewide 2018 STAAR results, click here. Parents will have access to their students' scores through the online Texas Assessment Management System.