BSISD Makes Changes to High School Curriculum in Hopes of Raising STAAR Exam Scores 12/3/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
December 3, 2012
Big Spring - The new state mandated STAAR Exam retakes started today for Big Spring ISD.
The goal at BSISD is to graduate every student and prepare them for their next phase in life; school administrators believe the STAAR Exam helps reach that goal, however preparing the students for the exam has posed some challenges.
"It's been quite a challenge because it is so different than TAKS," Rebecca Saldivar, Director of Assessment and Accountability said.
"There are some frustrations in that area and anytime you phase in a test...not knowing what the standards will look like," Ann McClarty, Executive Director of Instruction and Personnel said.
Saldivar knows just how challenging the new test has been, that's why the district decided to change their high school curriculum.
"We just started looking at every single student and see what made minimum and who had passed," she said. "We realized we needed to change our system as a whole."
Changes include students who struggled with the math and science portions of the STAAR Exam, to take two hour courses this semester. Another change is what grades take World Geography and World History. In the past, all freshman took World History before World Geography, however most districts in the state have World Geography first.
"How we approach education today is changing and we have to make sure that every grade level is preparing kids," McClarty said.
With the new changes in place, they hope this next round of the STAAR Exam will be more successful.