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Nursery school gets top rating from state

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
July 30, 2010 at 2:30 a.m.


Improved science scores boosted Nursery school district to exemplary status for the first time in several years.

Last year, the science scores were at an 83 percent passing rate. This year the scores were pushed to 94 percent. The score includes a boost from the Texas Projection Measure, a formula which gives credit for failing students who the state believes may pass the the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test in the future.

Superintendent Suzanne Bell also believes the school's new science lab played an important role in the boost.

"There's no renewed focus on science, we continued what we were doing," she said.

Math scores for all students showed improvement up to 88 percent from 72 percent last year. With the projection measure, the district earned an exemplary rating in the subject.

The single-campus district that serves kindergarten through fifth-grade students also earned exemplary ratings in reading and writing. No students took the social studies class.

Bell emphasized the district's focus is on teaching a well-rounded student.

"We try very, very hard to keep the TAKS scores in perspective. We really want and strive to get the well-rounded kid," she said. "We are happy to get that exemplary rating, but it's just one measure of success."

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