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Frisco ISD Makes Advanced Performance Gains on STAAR Exams

Sep 20, 2016

Frisco ISD students continue to outperform their peers from across the state and region on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

This spring, the average passing rate for FISD students across all subjects and grade levels was 92 percent. The average passing rate across the state was 73 percent.

A higher passing standard this year meant students generally had to answer more questions correctly to pass the test than they did in previous years. The passing rate is scheduled to continue to increase each year until the final standard is implemented in the 2021-22 school year.

Despite the higher standard, Frisco ISD saw gains in the percentage of students scoring at the advanced level in most subjects and grade levels.

For example, the percentage of students scoring at the advanced level in math increased at every tested grade level, including grades 3-8 and the Algebra End-of-Course Exam. The average increase was six percentage points.  

The District also saw significant gains in advanced performance in fourth and seventh grade writing. The percentage of students scoring at the advanced level jumped from 19 percent in 2015 to 33 percent in 2016 in fourth grade writing and from 33 percent in 2015 to 41 percent in 2016 in seventh grade writing.

“We are proud of the efforts of our students and staff who continue to raise the bar for student achievement,” said Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Katie Kordel. “Frisco ISD students excel in academics, athletics and fine arts. STAAR results are just one of many ways we measure student progress and target areas for improvement. Our students, schools and district are not defined by test scores, as we strive to know the name and need of every student, support high levels of learning and promote student opportunity.”

STAAR exams are a key component of the state’s accountability system, which assigns each district and campus one of two ratings – Met Standard or Improved Required – based on four indices:

  • Student Achievement – Provides a snapshot of performance across all subjects
  • Student Progress – Measures year-to-year student progress by subject and student group
  • Closing Performance Gaps – Emphasizes the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and the lowest performing racial/ethnic student groups
  • Postsecondary Readiness – Emphasizes the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs or the military

Frisco ISD 2016 Performance Index ReportFrisco ISD and all 62 of its rated campuses earned a Met Standard rating in 2016.

District and campus scores on all four indices were well above state targets, and FISD outperformed a comparison group of 10 districts from across the state.

Campuses that receive a Met Standard rating are also eligible to receive distinction designations based on performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics.

Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for secondary campuses and six can be earned for elementary campuses. They include:

  • Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics
  • Academic Achievement in Science
  • Academic Achievement in Social Studies (secondary campuses only)
  • Top 25 Percent: Student Progress
  • Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps
  • Postsecondary Readiness

Frisco ISD schools earned a total of 131 distinction designations in 2016, and eight campuses earned all possible distinction designations.

Please note: Each Frisco ISD school’s comparison group may or may not include other FISD schools. While the number of distinction designations is a measure for comparing each campus to similar schools from across the state, it is not necessarily a valid measure for comparing one FISD school to another. 

View the District accountability summary or information by campus.

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