Using the STEMscopes Texas comprehensive, hands-on science curriculum also increases the passing rates for economically disadvantaged students in these districts
Houston, TX – Nov. 19, 2015 – Accelerate Learning today announces the publication of a new study examining the 2014-15 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) passing rates for school districts that used the STEMscopes™ curriculum. The study, which included more than 360,000 students, showed that districts using STEMscopes had higher passing rates on the fifth grade STAAR science test than districts that did not use STEMscopes. The findings are similar to earlier studies conducted by Rice University, which also reported higher fifth grade passing rates for districts with STEMscopes.
Using data retrieved from http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/aggregate the 2015 study showed the average passing rate for Texas school districts that include fifth grade was 68.2 percent. Of these districts, 311 districts used the STEMscopes science curriculum for more than half of their student population, and 877 districts used either a district-created science curriculum or purchased a different science curriculum. The average passing rate was 71.4 percent for the STEMscopes districts, and 67.0 percent for the non-STEMscopes districts.