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UT Tyler Innovation Academies Perform Above State Average

UT Tyler Innovation Academies Perform Above State Average

The University of Texas at Tyler Innovation Academy students in grades 3–8 received higher passing rate scores than the state average for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). According to preliminary results released June 3 by the Texas Education Agency, UT Tyler Innovation Academy students in eighth grade received a 92% passing rate for reading, compared to the state’s percentage rate of 78. Fifth graders received an 87% passing rate in reading, compared to the state average of 78%.

Superintendent, Dr. Jo Ann Simmons, said she is very proud of the hard work of the district’s students and teachers this past year. “Although we are pleased with our STAAR preliminary results, the bigger celebration is the fact, that within each of our schools, we have developed a culture where students are motivated and embrace learning. When students develop ownership in their learning, the possibilities are endless. The Innovation Academy enrollment is growing daily because of the fact students and parents are seeking a culture that challenges students and prepares them to be college ready,” stated Simmons.

In addition to the 5th and 8th grade results, all grade levels achieved above state average. Innovation Academy schools boast a 90% passing rate at the current standard and a 54% passing rate at the standard used for the college readiness index, compared to the state average of a 76% passing rate at the current standard and a 41% passing rate at the standard used for the college readiness index.

Those 8th Graders enrolled in Algebra 1 performed at a very high rate on the High School End of Course (ECO) exam; a 95% passing rate at the current standard and a 73% passing rate at the standard used for the college readiness index.

Preliminary STAAR Index Scores**

UT Tyler Innovation Academy
State Standard District Score Tyler Campus Palestine Campus Longview Campus
Index 1 Student Performance 60 85 85 83 87
Index 2 Student   Growth *33 43 45 41 53
Index 3 Closing Performance Gaps 28 43 36 47 53
Index 4 College Readiness 13 39 45 39 44

**All results are based on preliminary data. Final results will be reported later this summer.
*Index 2 standard will be determined later this summer; 33 was last year’s standard.

Jaclyn Pedersen, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, said that STAAR scores have increased about 20% from 2013–14 across all subject areas while it appears the state averages have remained relatively flat. She gives credit to the strong partnership between the teachers, parents, students, university faculty, and the district curriculum coaches for a very successful year.

The mission of the UT Tyler Innovation Academy is to develop students who leave school STEM College and Career Ready. STEM College Ready indicates students are prepared to enroll in a STEM Major at a university. Typically, this means they are calculus ready upon graduation or have completed calculus in high school. For the 2015-16 Academic Year the UT Tyler Innovation Academy will serve grades 3-9. We are currently accepting applications.

For more information about the district and state scores, visit the district website at UTTIA.org.

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