Districts in limbo about STAAR exam passing grades

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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Posted on March 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 26 at 6:20 PM

We're about seven months into this school year, and the State of Texas has not set a cutoff score for passing the new STAAR exams.

That's putting stress on districts to figure out how many summer school kids they'll have.

The Texas Education Agency tells News 8 it predicts a slight uptick in the number of students failing state competency tests over the next two to three years.

It's something that's happened before when testing procedures change, but that also means more summer school classes.

Corrie Edmondson, the district testing coordinator for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD said it is a possibility. "We like to plan ahead," she said.

But that's been tough for educators across Texas to forecast.

Even though kids are being tested right now, the exam has no history, so it has not been possible to set a cut-off point for who passes and who fails.

Some districts are worried about the "sticker shock" of large summer school classrooms.

But the CFBISD ran models to prepare for a worst-case scenario — something the district predicts they can avoid by focusing on student preparation.

"It's much better to have a smaller ratio than a larger one, but we have done a lot of planning," Edmondson said. "A lot of this happens, then that, just to make sure we've covered all the bases."

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