Partial STAAR test results encouraging for BSISD

Staff Writer

Partial results from the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) tests have Big Spring ISD officials cautiously optimistic the district is permanently moving away from its reputation for academic low performance.
“Right now we’ve got back our high school end of course exams, our EOCs. We’ve got back fifth grade math and reading, and eighth grade math and reading,” said Dr. Raemi Thompson, Big Spring ISD director of curriculum instruction & assessment. “As a district now, according to those scores, we are meeting state expectations in all four indexes.”
Thompson presented a report to the Big Spring ISD board of trustees Thursday night.
Overall, Thompson said the data looks good.
“We’re very excited about that,” she said. “Next week, we will get back third grade math and reading, fourth grade math and reading, fifth grade science, sixth grade math and reading, seventh grade math and reading so there are still a lot out there. So per campus, those averages still have to meet the state standard, but as of now we look really good. We look very good actually. We look great as a district, but we are just waiting back on those elementary scores.”
TEA will release official district and campus ratings in August.