Purpose

This report shows the relationship between teachers of record with active certifications employed in the Texas public school system and their students’ performance on STAAR tests. It displays the percent or count of Texas public school students that either met or did not meet the STAAR Level II Satisfactory standard by the teacher preparation program of the students’ associated teacher of record. Data in this report are reported at the state, region, and district levels.

For in-depth information on STAAR statewide participation and performance results, see the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Division of Student Assessment reports of STAAR assessment results at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/results/ Opens in new window.

For in-depth information on teacher preparation in the state of Texas, see the Texas Education Agency’s homepage for educator preparation at http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Certification/ Opens in new window.

Data Source

Data in this report come from the Texas Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) and the Texas P-16 Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR). Only those students who took the general version of STAAR assessment on the STAAR primary test administration dates are included.

Data Elements

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR):

The STAAR statewide testing program was implemented in spring 2012. It was designed to measure the extent to which a student in grades 3-11 has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade level. It replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing program. For more information on STAAR, visit the Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division website http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/.

STAAR Primary Test Administration:

The primary test administration provides the results for all students who submitted an answer document the first time the test was administered for a particular subject, grade, and school year.

STAAR Test Subject:

The subjects tested by STAAR include mathematics, reading, social studies, science, and writing. All grade levels are not tested on all subjects. End-of-course (EOC) assessments include English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S History. For more information, see the Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division website http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/.

STAAR Test Language Version:

STAAR test versions are administered in English for all grades and in Spanish for grades 3-5. A student may take different language versions for different subjects. The English and Spanish versions of STAAR assess the same test objectives and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) student expectations.

Met Level II Satisfactory Standard:

Met Level II Satisfactory Standard in this report refers to the academic performance passing standard for STAAR assessments. Students in this category performed at a level that was at or above the state passing standard for that STAAR test. More specific information about the passing standards is available on the STAAR Performance Standards website at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/performance-standards/.

Teacher of Record:

Indicates that the teacher is responsible for the classroom, making the final decisions about the instruction delivered and the final outcomes for the students assigned to the class.

Teacher Preparation Program:

Texas public school teachers complete educator preparation through an approved educator preparation program. These programs are offered through colleges, universities, school districts, regional service centers, community colleges, and other entities. In this report, counts of students and teachers are shown for four preparation programs: Standard, Alternative, Post Baccalaureate, Out of State and all other preparation programs grouped as "Other". Undergraduates typically enroll in an approved program at the college or university they are attending. Alternative certification programs, which may or may not be associated with a university or college, have been established and approved for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Post baccalaureate programs are offered by colleges and universities for individuals who already hold a baccalaureate degree.

Number of Students:

The number of students that either met or did not meet the STAAR Level II Satisfactory performance standard for STAAR tests taken on the primary test administration dates for a particular school year, grade, STAAR subject, and STAAR test language version. Student counts represent tested students taking a course related directly to the STAAR assessment for a particular year, grade level, STAAR subject, and STAAR test language from a teacher who attended a specific teacher preparation program. The “Teacher Unknown” category represents the number of students where there is no clear data relationship link between a teacher and the student taking a STAAR test.

Percent of Students:

The percent of students is calculated as the number of students who met or did not meet the Level II Satisfactory standard divided by the total number of students who took the test.

Number of Teachers:

The number of teachers of record who attended a teacher preparation program and had an active certification during the school year shown on the report. Preparation programs were prioritized as Standard, Alternative, Post Baccalaureate, Out of State, and all other preparation programs grouped as "Other". Teachers who attended more than one preparation program were counted only once. Teachers who taught more than one subject are counted once in each subject. The "Teacher Unknown" category is the number of students where there is no clear data relationship link between a teacher and the student taking a STAAR test.