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Cuero preliminary STAAR results mixed

By Sonny Long
July 13, 2013 at 2:13 a.m.


Incoming seventh-grader Andrew Washington splashed out of the Cuero city pool Saturday afternoon.

He was eager to talk about the STAAR test he took in the spring.

"We were prepared well. We had reviewed everything," Andrew, 12, said.

His mother agreed.

"The teachers did a good job of incorporating preparation for the STAAR test into their daily curriculum," said Hillary Washington.

Andrew said the tests were different than some of the review materials but similar enough to be familiar.

Overall, preliminary STAAR results for the Cuero school district were a mixed bag.

"Cuero ISD students scored higher in some areas such as science at the high school level and a little lower in other areas as compared to last year," said superintendent Jim Haley.

Cuero High School students who took the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness end-of-course tests in biology and chemistry scored above the state averages, with 91 percent passing biology and 86 percent passing chemistry.

The state averages are 88 percent for biology and 83.7 percent for chemistry.

Results for geometry, 87 percent passing, also edged out the state average of 86.2 percent.

The areas of reading and writing at the high school fell well below state averages, as did world geography and world history.

In the lower grades, scores were also mixed, with some areas exceeding state averages and others falling below.

One area that stood out was 91 percent of Cuero eighth-graders passing math compared to the state average of 77.2 percent.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Cuero fifth-graders struggled with science, with only 57 percent passing. The state average was 72.8 percent.

Haley said when the final numbers are released next month, the school district will be able to better analyze the results.

"We can determine if the reason for a low score was a curriculum issue, an instructional issue or a lack of remediation or intervention along the way," he said.

The superintendent emphasized any low scores aren't an indicator of lack of effort.

"Our teachers and students worked very hard this year to prepare for the exams," said Haley.

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