Result: All Children Ages 0-5 in Potter County Enter School Ready to Succeed
Indicator: % of Amarillo ISD Students At Approaches Grade Level or Above for Grade 3 Reading (All Students)
About the Data
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness): A comprehensive testing program for public school students in grades 3–8 or high school courses with end-of-course (EOC) assessments. The STAAR program is designed to measure to what extent a student has learned, understood, and is able to apply the concepts and skills expected at each grade level or after completing each course for which an EOC assessment exists. Each STAAR assessment is linked directly to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The TEKS are the state-mandated content standards that describe what a student should know and be able to do upon completion of a course.
STAAR replaced the TAKS in the spring of 2012, although students who entered 10th grade before the 2011-2012 school year continued to take the TAKS. This process is part of the TAKS to STAAR transition plan. In 2015 the last students had taken the TAKS test, so the first students will graduate with a completed STAAR end of course assessments.
On March 16th, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott waived the STAAR for the 2019-2020 school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Story Behind the Curve
What factors, from 2016 to 2019, have pushed up on the data?
What factors, from 2016 to 2019, have pushed down on the data?
- Current partners in the coalition
- Family childcare providers - reading support
- Storybridge - reading support
- Amarillo Library System - reading support and access to books
- Food banks/Snack pack - food security for families
- Bilingual education reps from AISD (including Migrant Director)
- Living Intentionally Ministries - addressing poverty
- Amarillo College - addressing poverty
- Faith-based partners
- PEACE, AC Education Department, Workforce Solutions - Increasing focus on early childhood education
- Daycare providers
- Healthcare providers
- Business community
- No Limits No Excuses
Low Cost/No Cost
Off the Wall
- Increase public awareness about the importance of brain development for children 0-5 through partnerships with media as well as using social media
- Provide informal quality experiential learning birth to five (e.g., public libraries, HVP, Text 4 Baby, Boston Basic, Bright-By-Text, Storybridge) so that children ages 0-5 are on track to reach milestones
- Promote a love of reading amongst children and families through book drives and other opportunities (i.e., Little Libraries)
- Implement a cross-community survey that increases knowledge and understanding about early learning in Potter County