Passing rates from grades 3-8 top 70 percent

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

AUSTIN — The Texas Education Agency has announced that the passing rates on the STAAR exam for grades 3-8 have topped 70 percent.

The new statewide standardized test was given to those grades for the first time last year. Education Commissioner Michael Williams said he was encouraged by the results.

Eighth grade students scored some the highest, with 80 percent passing the reading exam, 76 passing mathematics and 70 passing science.

The STAAR exams replaced the TAKS test amid widespread complaints from parents and teachers. The STAAR test was supposed to count toward 15 percent of a student's end-of-course grade, but the Legislature has suspended the requirement. Students still take the exams, which are considered more stringent.

Lawmakers have promised to revamp standardized testing in this year's legislative session.

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