AMARILLO -- STAAR test results are in and broadly speaking the numbers are good.
There has been controversy over the mandatory school testing since it first came about two years ago.
There were some changes made to this year's curriculum.
There is a major change to STAAR testing this year. High school students previously had 15 tests to take, now they have five: English 1 and 2, Algebra 1, US History, and Biology. This year, the STAAR test combined reading and writing into one.
Some area schools tell us, they are pleased with results.
According to Bushland school officials, they are blowing past numbers out of the water.
Bushland ISD tells us they are well above the state's average in every area.
Angie Watson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the School says they have seen a big growth in English in their high school.
Watson attributes the improvement to the recent STAAR test changes and good educators.
According to Watson, 5th and 8th grade are SSI Grades, which is Student Success Initiative Grades.
This means the kids have to pass the tests in order to move on to the next grade.
She says this year in 5th grade math, 100-percent of the students passed.
We also talked with school officials at Canyon and they saw a noticeable increase in their STAAR testing scores as well.
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