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Goliad excels in state standards

By Melissa Crowe
Aug. 8, 2013 at 3:08 a.m.


Goliad School District continues meeting the mark for education.

All four schools included in the district's testing met the state accountability standards, the Texas Education Agency announced Thursday.

Superintendent Emilio Vargas said the school district is pleased to be above the state levels, but "we feel like we still have work to do."

"We really want to address our reading and writing programs and show more improvement in our special ed programs," Vargas said.

Goliad Middle School was the only one in the district to earn three distinguished areas in reading/English language arts, math and student progress.

Vargas said it comes down to parent involvement, student initiative and the quality staff.

The district offers before, after and in-school tutorials to students and ran a monthlong summer program in June to better prepare students for the July re-test, Vargas said.

"Our school board has been very supportive in funding the programs that are recommended and have been very strong advocates of the school working with students and parents to meet their academic needs," Vargas said.

Along with the reading and writing programs, Vargas said, initiatives will start in kindergarten and first grade to develop and better align curriculum.

"Teachers will follow a structured lesson plan class-to-class, grade level-to-grade level and campus-to-campus," Vargas said.

He hopes the change will help students have more success.

"We have effective teachers, determined students, a supportive school board and a fantastic community - we're going to keep getting better," he said.

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