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Hallettsville school district beats state standards

By ALLISON MILES
Aug. 8, 2013 at 3:08 a.m.


The Hallettsville school district met statewide standards across all four reporting categories, according to accountability results released Thursday by the Texas Education Agency.

But for Superintendent Jo Ann Bludau, that wasn't even the most exciting news.

"It appears not only did we meet the standard, but students performed well above the standard," she said. "I could not be happier, and I know many administrators and teachers feel the same way."

Bludau attributed Hallettsville's success to a joint effort by the entire district. That includes everyone from teachers to students and parents on to the school board and community members.

"We're all working together as a team, focused on student success," she said.

The state's new accountability measures differ from other years, but Bludau said she appreciates one update: the fact that they factor in student progress.

In previous years, students did not receive credit if they scored below a 70 percent, even if they saw a vast improvement, such as upping their scores from 30 to 65 percent.

"We're getting credit for the progress being made," she said.

Bludau said the district is always working to make improvements, and this year added several days to the new teacher orientation.

The four-day orientation, which begins Friday, includes a number of sessions geared toward preparing new teachers and staffers for the coming year.

"We definitely are not sitting back and resting," she said.

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