Goliad schools' TAKS results earn district 'recognized' rating
By By ALLISON MILES
July 30, 2010 at 2:30 a.m.
GOLIAD - The Texas Education Agency brought good news Friday for the Goliad school district.
Four of the district's five schools were recognized, based on 2010's TAKS scores. One school, the alternative disciplinary site, was not rated.
The recognition shows the work students and teachers put in through the year, said Christy Paulsgrove, district superintendent.
"We were a recognized district last year but, now, to have all the campuses recognized, is thrilling," she said.
Goliad High School's ranking is on par with last year, while the intermediate and middle schools improved from 2009's academically acceptable rating.
Paulsgrove attributed the success to teachers' efforts and intervention programs available. A program that provides students in grades seven through 12 with their own laptop computers also helps.
"I think learning through technology is just a big thing," she said. "The kids are real motivated, interested and excited about it. I think it's a great tool to use in teaching."
Goliad Elementary School dropped from the exemplary rating it saw in 2009. It's difficult to maintain exemplary status at that age, Paulsgrove said, because it's students' first time testing.
All in all, Paulsgrove said, the district should be proud of the rating.
"It means all the kids are performing," she said.