Percent of students at "Approaches Grade Level" or "Above" on third-grade reading STAAR Test
Improve Third Grade Reading
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The STAAR reading assessment was introduced in 2012. Between then and 2019, third-grade reading remained relatively flat. Due to COVID-19, testing did not occur in the 2019-2020 school year, but returned in the 2020-2021 school year, showing a marked decline—14%—from 2019. Virtual learning, the winter storms, and an ongoing pandemic have reinvigorated calls to change student assessments.