The Texas Education Agency released results from the initial STAAR tests given to high school students as a replacement of the TAKS test.
The first passing phase requirements are higher than the passing standards of TAKS. Final standards will be in place by 2016.
In the five core tests given to 9th grade students, statewide passing percentages ranged from:
- English I writing: 55 percent
- English I reading: 68 percent
- Biology: 87 percent
- Algebra I: 83 percent
- World geography: 81 percent
Northside ISD and North East ISD also released results and both had higher passing percentages than the state average:
- English I writing: 62 percent in NISD; 67 percent in NEISD
- English I reading: 78 percent in NISD; 77 percent in NEISD
- Biology: 92 percent in NISD; 93 percent in NEISD
- Algebra I: 85 percent in NISD; 89 percent in NEISD
- World geography: 90 percent in NISD; 90 percent in NEISD
There were 10 other high school level tests given to 9th grade students in accelerated programs or upper classmen who do not need to pass STAAR tests for graduation.
Passing grades ranged from a low of 38 percent in English III writing to a high of 98 percent in geometry.
Results for 3rd through 8th grade STAAR tests are expected to be released later this summer. The TEA should have passing standards in place by 2013.
NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said 5,190 tests will be retaken at a cost of $750,000 to the district because the TEA requires students to retake tests at their home campus.
Twelve NISD high school campuses will open Wednesday for summer school and will remain open for re-testing which begins the week of July 9.