East Texas area high school students showed an overall decline on state standardized tests this spring, according to preliminary test results from the Texas Education Agency.

The districts’ 2019 STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) EOC (end of course) preliminary passing percentages mostly declined in three of the five test subject areas for high school students.

High school students in grades ninth through twelfth must pass state standardized tests in subject areas of Algebra I, Biology, English I and II and U.S. History, before they can receive a diploma, according to the TEA.

Algebra I

Eighth grade junior high school students who take Algebra I in the eighth grade also are administered the Algebra I EOC STAAR test each spring, along with high school students.

Marshall High School mostly continued the improvements in their scores this year with Algebra I and U.S History being the only subjects to show overall decreases in score percentages for the school.

Marshall Junior High School eighth grade students who took the Algebra I EOC this spring increased their score percentage to 99 percent passing versus 2018’s 97 percent, while their high school counterparts dropped to 64 percent this year from last year’s 72 percent in Algebra I testing.

Hallsville High School slightly increased its passing percentages this year in Algebra I, up to 86 percent from 2018’s 85 percent. Hallsville Junior High School students administered the Algebra I EOC test maintained their 100 percent passing rate this year from 2018.

Hallsville’s Virtual Academy administered the Algebra I EOC test this spring to 774 students with only a 30 percent passing rate — the lowest passing rate for East Texas campuses in Algebra I.

Harleton High School’s Algebra I EOC scores this spring just barely dropped to 89 percent passing from 2018’s 90 percent.

Waskom High School Algebra I EOC testers showed the greatest improvement this spring, jumping to 77 percent passing in 2019 from 68 percent in 2018. Waskom Middle School eighth graders scored a perfect 100 percent passing rate this year, maintaining last year’s perfect passing rate.

Elysian Fields High School showed the highest Algebra I passing rates, improving to 95 percent passing this spring from 2018’s 91 percent passing. Elysian Fields Middle School eighth graders also maintained a perfect 100 percent passing rate from 2018.

Jefferson High School’s Algebra I scores slightly dropped this year from 77 percent passing in 2018 to 75 percent passing this spring. Meanwhile, Jefferson Junior High School eighth graders administered the Algebra I EOC scored a perfect 100 percent passing rate.

Texas Early College High School, a Panola Charter Schools System campus in Marshall, showed the largest drop in Algebra I EOC test scores this year, dropping to 62 percent passing for 2019 from 83 percent passing in 2018.

Biology

In Biology, Elysian Fields High School again posted the highest passing rates for 2019 at 97 percent, though the score overall decreased from the school’s 2018 passing rate of 99 percent.

Hallsville High School slightly dropped in its Biology passing percentages this spring to 92 percent passing from 2018’s 94 percent. Hallsville’s Virtual Academy again posted the lowest overall passing percentages in Biology with just 68 percent of its 845 testers passing.

Harleton High school also dropped this year from its 99 percent passing rate in Biology in 2018 to 90 percent passing in 2019.

Marshall High School showed the largest improvement in Biology EOC scores this year, increasing to 84 percent passing from 78 percent in 2018.

Waskom High School was the only other school besides Marshall to show an increase in Biology EOC scores this year, jumping from 86 percent passing in 2018 to 88 percent passing in 2019.

Texas Early College High School posted the largest drop in Biology EOC test scores this year, dropping to 77 percent passing from last year’s 95 percent passing.

English I

English I scores overall improved across the East Texas high schools this year, with four of the eight campuses showing increases or maintaining last year’s scores in the subject area.

Texas Early College High School posted the highest English I EOC test scores, increasing to 82 percent passing from last year’s 69 percent.

Hallsville High School followed closely behind with 81 percent passing this year, an increase from 2018’s 75 percent passing. Hallsville’s Virtual Academy again posted the lowest passing rates for English I EOC scores with just 40 percent of its 937 testers passing.

Harleton High School also came in for the second highest English I EOC scores this year with 81 percent passing, down from 86 percent of its students passing in 2018.

Elysian Fields High School maintained its 77 percent passing rate in the subject from 2018.

Marshall High School posted a slight improvement this year in English I EOC scores with 54 percent passing from last year’s 52 percent.

Waskom High School showed the greatest improvement in English I EOC scores this year, jumping from 49 percent passing in 2018 to 65 percent passing in 2019.

Jefferson High School slightly dropped this year to 63 percent passing from last year’s 64 percent passing.

English II

Texas Early College High School also posted the highest overall passing percentages in English II EOC scores this year with 78 percent of its students passing, up from 60 percent in 2018.

Elysian Fields High School posted the second highest English II EOC scores, increasing to 77 percent passing this year from 75 percent of its students passing in 2018.

Hallsville High School posted a 76 percent passing rate in English II EOC this year, down from last year’s 82 percent. Hallsville’s Virtual Academy posted the overall lowest English II EOC scores with 55 percent of its 788 students tested passing.

Harleton High School slightly dropped this year to 74 percent passing down from 2018’s 79 percent passing.

Jefferson High School also posted a slight decrease this year in English II EOC scores, dropping to 67 percent passing from 2018’s 72 percent passing.

Waskom High School increased its English II EOC scores this year up to 65 percent passing from 2018’s 59 percent passing.

Marshall High School also posted an increase in English II EOC scores, up to 60 percent passing from 2018’s 53 percent passing.

U.S. History

East Texas high school students overall decreased their U.S. History EOC scores this year from 2018, with five of the eight campuses showing a decline in scores.

Elysian Fields High School also posted the highest overall scores in U.S. History this spring, jumping to 99 percent passing this year from 2018’s 96 percent passing.

Hallsville High School students came in next with an increase to 97 percent passing this year, up from 2018’s 93 percent passing. Hallsville’s Virtual Academy posted its highest overall EOC scores in U.S. History with 86 percent passing.

Harleton, Jefferson and Texas Early College High School all saw slight declines in their U.S. History EOC scores this year, all dropping to 91 percent passing. Last year, Harleton saw a 99 percent passing rate, Jefferson saw a 92 percent passing rate and TECHS saw a perfect 100 percent passing rate.

Waskom High school had a slight decrease this year in U.S. History EOC, dropping to 86 percent passing from 2018’s 90 percent.

Marshall High School saw its largest subject score drop and also posted the lowest U.S. History EOC scores of the campuses this year with 59 percent passing, down from 79 percent of its students passing in 2018.