Message from the superintendent regarding STAAR
Dear NEISD Parents:
As our year comes to a close in North East ISD, we are so proud of everything our students have accomplished – both in and out of the classroom. We appreciate the incredible support from our teachers, staff and you.
You recently received or will soon receive your child's STAAR and/or End of Course scores. We are required by the state to give these standardized tests. As a district, our students typically do well. We are excited to announce that as a district we met standard. In fact, in most areas we far exceeded state averages. It is important to keep these scores in perspective. This is just one measurement of student performance, and these tests cannot fully measure all that your child knows. There is so much more to a child’s education than one particular test on one particular day.
Although this data can be helpful in some respects and identify areas of focus, our district must concentrate on more than high stakes standardized tests. We believe in educating the whole child. We want every student to excel academically, be independent thinkers, work cooperatively, and overall be productive citizens in a global society. I, along with our school board, administrators and teachers have been very open about the fact that too much emphasis is placed on these tests and they do not support all aspects of learning.
We realize for our high school students, the End of Course exams play a significant role. If a student does not pass all five of those exams, graduation is not possible. We will continue to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be successful, including summer intervention programs and re-tests.
Also, in grades five and eight, the exams are considered high stakes because students must pass them in order to be promoted automatically to the next grade level.
If you have any questions about your child’s test results, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher and/or principal.
Thank you and have a great summer.
Brian Gottardy, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Posted on May 30, 2014