Bryan ISD Sets Own Standards For STAAR Test While Waiting On State

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Texas's new standardized test is causing frustration for not only parents but local school administrators.

The STAAR test was given to thousands of students locally in May, but the final results aren't in yet.

The lack of test scores is creating problems for school districts across the state.

Magdalena Carrasco says every year her son has passed the state's standardized tests to advance to another grade. Even though the new test doesn't count this year, she doesn’t know how her son did.

"I wish we had the answers. I wish we knew how he did,” said Carrasco.

She won't know for about 6 months. It’s a fact that also bothers school administrators.

"It is very frustrating because we don't know to tell a student did you pass or did you fail. We don't know anything like that. We can't tell parents that, so all we can do at this point is wait until December,” said Dr. Thomas Wallis, superintendent for Bryan Independent School District.

Wallis says the new standardized test, called the STAAR test, was given to 3rd through 8th graders in May. The Texas Education Agency hasn't set passing standards for the test yet.

"We did get individual reports back that said how many questions the student missed,” said Wallis.

Bryan ISD set their own standard. If a student answers at least 70% of the questions right on the test, they passed. The superintendent says they are simply aiming higher than what they believe the state will set as the standard.

"If [it’s] anything under 70, that is just not meeting our standard. We are going to do intense remediation,” said Wallis. "I am proud of where we are right now."

Wallis says the standardized tests that are given are based on the curriculum.

School districts across the state are scheduled to find out the official pass-fail grade in December.