Lost STAAR Tests Were Cause of Initial Durham Middle School AYP Failure

Date 2013/2/22 2:30:00 | Topic: Lewisville ISD Notes

Earlier today, one of our readers brought to our attention that some of the STAAR tests taken by students in Lewisville's Marshall Durham Middle School nearly a year ago had been lost.

LISD Spokesperson Sarah Marcus said that 132 of the answer forms for the 6th grade reading test administered in April of 2012 had gone missing. That number represented approximately 47% of the students enrolled in 6th grade last year at Durham.

Although Texas Education Agency (TEA) had not assigned blame, LISD's internal investigation pointed to a loss by Pearson, the company that holds the monopoly contract on high-stakes testing in Texas. LISD sends completed tests directly to Pearson for grading. Results were not returned to students in a timely manner, because the TEA only finally set the performance standard this January.

LISD's Director of Assessment, Dr. Sarah Fitzhugh said that although the students affected will not receive scores, they will not have to retake any 6th grade tests. Rather, the students will participate in the appropriate assessments based on their grade level and courses for 2013.

You might remember that last year, the Lewisville Texan Journal reported on the district and various campuses in the district missing its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In that story, using preliminary TEA data, we reported that Durham had missed AYP based on a lack of participation in reading tests. LISD successfully appealed that ruling, and TEA has now updated its AYP report to indicate that the campus meets AYP.

Campuses that miss AYP two years in a row face certain costly consequences, most notably the requirement to transport students to another campus within the district if they choose. See our previous article for a detailed explanation.

This article comes from The Lewisville Texan Journal

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