Murphy schools among the STAARs

by | Jul 16, 2015 | Education

Local schools’ STAAR scores measure up well against district and state

Brooke Vincent

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During spring of the 2014-’15 school year, students in grades three through eight across Murphy sharpened number two pencils to take their STAAR end of course tests.

District passing rates in all grade levels and subjects were higher than those of the statewide average, excluding math scores, which have not been included in the district’s accountability.

“In making the transition to Plano ISD and prior to my official start date of July 1, I met with students, teacher leaders, principals and leaders in the education, private and public sectors,” Plano ISD superintendent Dr. Brian Binggeli said. “Through those interactions, it became evident that the Plano ISD community values the outstanding education that our district provides. With our community’s expectation for excellence in mind, I am pleased with the progress reflected in recent STAAR and EOC results at all levels. We are proud of the efforts of our students, parents and teachers. These results can be added to other measures of student opportunity and success as we pursue the district’s mission of providing an excellent education for each student.”

Reading

Across the district, four grade levels showed progress in reading tests with elevated scores compared to the 2014 spring testing.

Third grade students showed an 88 percent passing rate with 38 percent placing advanced. State results showed 77 percent passing with only 22 percent of students placing advanced.

Thirteen percent ahead of the state results, fourth grade students showed an 87 percent passing rate.

Climbing up only 2 percent from 2014, fifth grade students showed a 91 percent passing rate while stateside results showed 78 percent.

Grade six students dipped 5 percent below last year’s district results of 96 percent to a 91 percent passing rate. However, statewide results were only at a 76 percent passing rate.

Grade seven students stayed stagnant from 2014 with a repeated 90 percent passing rate. Statewide results showed 75 percent passing.

With the highest passing rate district wide, eighth grade students showed a 93 percent passing rate with almost half scoring advanced at 45 percent. The statewide score was 78 percent.

Science

Students in grades five and eight took the science STAAR test. Murphy Middle School showed an 86 percent passing rate in fifth grade and an 83 percent passing rate in eighth grade. Passing rates for the state were 72 and 70 percent respectively.

Writing

The writing STAAR test was administered to students in grades four and seven. Boggess Elementary, Miller Elementary and Murphy Middle School all showed decreases in their scores from 2014 while Hunt Elementary showed a one percent increase.

The state wide passing rate for fourth grade was 70 percent. Boggess showed a 92 percent passing rate, Hunt showed 97 percent and Miller showed 94 percent.

Murphy Middle School had a 90 percent passing rate while the state trailed 18 points behind with only 72 percent.

Social Studies

Eighth grade students took the social studies STAAR test. The statewide passing rate was 64 percent while Plano ISD showed 85 percent. Above all, Murphy Middle School had a 94 percent passing rate with 41 percent of students placing advanced.

Math

The math STAAR test was taken in all grades, however those scores will not be included in the district’s accountability this year.

The district, along with various other districts, requested the state board not count math STAAR scores this year as part of their accountability. In April, the state suspended accountability for the entire state of Texas.

The individual schools’ scores are available.

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