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Bloomington maintains acceptable rating

By Brian Cuaron
July 29, 2011 at 2:29 a.m.


DISTRICTS' RESPONSE TO DROPPED RANKINGS

Suzanne Bell said the Nursery school district started using the CSCOPE curriculum last year for math. She said the program was more rigorous, and that it would take several years for officials to see the result of its implementation.

Bell added that the science teacher for fourth and fifth graders was looking at possibly using available CSCOPE curriculum for science

Lorrine K. Hernandez said the Outreach campus would look at reports to figure out how to improve its students' scores in science. She said officials would see if students needed more time on studying skills.

Students struggled with science at two Victoria County school districts.

"You want the first-place trophy. You want the gold star," said Suzanne Bell, superintendent for Nursery school district.

Nursery school district received an academically acceptable rating, down from recognized last year.

"But the reality of the situation is that we got this group of kids and their raw data supports that we're academically acceptable."

The drop was related to students' lower science and math scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test.

Bell said her district's lone school, Nursery Elementary, of about 60 students made it possible for the ratings to swing.

The school had 20 different students last year, requiring adjustments, she said.

The Outreach Word Academy district, also made up of one school, dropped from recognized to academically acceptable this year, too.

Science scores for Outreach students fell from 86 percent in 2010 to 67 percent this year.

Superintendent Lorrine K. Hernandez said the science testing required more critical-thinking skills.

Not a problem for the Bloomington school district, whose rating of academically acceptable did not change.

Superintendent Delores Warnell said two of her schools missed moving up in the rankings by a couple of students.

She said the district requires students to learn how to use the information rather than just recall it.

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