The Texas Commissioner of Education visited Waco on June 16, to explain the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness report card.
In the past parents received a Confidential Student Reports. The new report the Texas Education Agency redesigned will give parents more information about their children’s performance on the STAAR test, progress from the previous school year and the student’s academic and reading growth. In addition, it gives parents resources they can use to help their children learn.
"What we want for the parents of Texas is the same thing I want as a parent for my kids. I want to have as much information as I can to help support their academic growth," Commissioner Mike Morath said.
Morath said the change comes after his dissatisfaction with the status quo. He added that redesigning process took a year to develop after meeting with focus groups.The revamped report cards changes the language and layout of them to make them easier to read.
"We literally changed the terms to master's grade level as opposed to level 3 advanced. That used to make more sense for the users of this piece of information," Morath said.
Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcus Nelson who was at the presentation said this is a step in the right direction.
"I believe this report card really allows to drill on kids' strengths and focus on interventions that help kids get better," Nelson said.
Parents will receive the report card from their school districts at the end of the month or beginning of July.
They will be able to log into a revamped website that will go live on June 30th.
For the first time, parents with children from 3th to 8th grade will be able to log on that website and see their children's answers on the test and the correct answer.
"We think this actually may be the first time that any state has provided this information.The goal is again to provide more transparency to parents to help demystify this process because STAAR is one sign post in what is education," Morath said.
Find sample of new STAAR Report Card below provided by TEA below:
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