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New report card for STAAR Test to be issued

Report card will be easier to understand, TEA says

SAN ANTONIO – Texas public school students will soon receive a new kind of STAAR Test performance report card.

The Texas Education Agency said it updated its report card to improve communication and transparency between teachers and families about the state-mandated standardized tests, which are used in Texas public primary and secondary schools to assess a student's achievements and knowledge learned in his or her grade level.

The confusing labels have been replaced with terms easier to understand, officials said.

Northside Independent School District deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction Janis Jordan said the new report card will provide additional resources for parents.

"At the campuses, principals have ensured that teachers have seen this new format. And because this new format is so much clearer than the previous format, teachers were very pleased," Jordan said.

The new report cards have been in the works for almost a year, TEA spokesman Gene Acuna said.

"We shared this confidential draft with educators, stakeholder groups, parents' stakeholder groups (to) get their reactions," Acuna said.

Acuna said the makeover was done with the existing assessment budget.

"We know some school districts are preparing their parents for how the new report card is going to look. Here at TEA, we have a micro site that we have on our web page that gives some information, but come mid-June, it will look far more vibrant," Acuna said.

The new report cards will be available starting in June. 

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