Excuses: school districts share STAAR results

In an impressive feat of diligence, a reporter at the San Antonio Express-News, Maria Luisa Cesar, has rounded up STAAR standardized test results for nearly all of the public school districts in the San Antonio area. “Students’ STAAR English scores lagging”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, June 15, 2012.

Military base districts performed well, as did Alamo Heights. Lower-performing districts included San Antonio ISD, South San Antonio ISD, Edgewood ISD, and Harlandale ISD, among others.

Judson ISD refused to provide its STAAR results. Why?

Any comparison of San Antonio school districts should keep in mind how widely they vary in the percentage of students qualifying as economically disadvantaged or at-risk, said Nancy Robinson, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Judson ISD.

Access to resources, she said, also affects test scores. Several local districts have joined lawsuits against the state over the way schools are funded, with the poorest calling for a more equitable school finance system.


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