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Texas Education Agency Commissioner of Education Mike Morath held a press conference on June 22 at Gutierrez Middle School to discuss updates to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Report Card.

New changes to the report card will give parents more detailed information about a child’s performance and progress on the state exams.

The revamped STAAR Report card will transform from a single black and white sheet to a full-color detailed booklet that will include information about how a child performed on a specific assessment, student progress from previous years, levels of reading mastery, and resources to help parents assist their children depending on individual needs in reading, math, and other subjects.

“The whole purpose of this is to empower parents to help their children grow as much as possible,” Morath said. “If all you get is a score with no context, it’s like going to the doctor and getting a diagnosis without a prescription. If you don’t get some sort of advice on what to do next, then what good is it?”

Along with the new report card, there will also be an updated website where parents can find more student-specific information about their child. With an access code, provided on the printed report card, parents will be able to see a variety of online resources including STAAR assessment questions and answers—along with their child’s answers.

“The updated STAAR report cards give more insight to the individualized needs of each student,” Dr. Art Cavazos said. “The new tools will provide parents with recommendations that are designed to help their children master grade level and exceed expectations on the state exams. With families directly involved with test results, students will now have additional avenues of support to help them succeed.”

The new report cards will be distributed throughout the month of June to parents of children who took the STAAR assessment during the 2016-2017 school year.

To learn more about the STAAR report card updates, click here.

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