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STAAR test results sit well with Brownwood superintendent

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 01 2013 07:39:34 PM CST
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BROWNWOOD, TEXAS -

After nine long months of waiting, school districts are finally getting their STAAR test results.

Students took the test back in May.

Brownwood ISD Superintendent Reece Blincoe said for as difficult the STAAR test is, he is pleased with the results.

Students in grades 3 through 8 took the STAAR test last spring, and the majority of them did well.

"Our 4th grade did extremely well, we are really proud of our 4th grade. They were from 4 to 7 points above state average, and then our 7th and 8th grade, we're going to have to pick up the ball and do a little bit of work," said Blincoe.

Like the saying goes, there's always room for improvement.

"We're still not satisfied, we expect more, we expect better," said Blincoe.

One reason it took so long to get results back to the districts, the state set the passing bar after scores came in.

"Which was interesting, so it's like you knew the results, and now where do we want to put the bar where people pass and people fail?" said Blincoe.

Being the first time students had seen a STAAR test, many districts didn't know what to expect.

"Prior to this, we didn't know what the test looks like, we didn't know where to actually go get it, and so now we do and we're going to get to work," Blincoe said.

For as much hype the STAAR test created, Blincoe said he's happy with the outcome.

The STAAR testing program is being reviewed by the Texas Legislature, which means changes could still come.