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Moulton students ace STAAR exam

By Sonny Long
July 16, 2013 at 2:16 a.m.


Chad Rothbauer, superintendent in the Moulton school district since 2011, resigned July 8 to become assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the Yoakum school district. He will replace Brenda Westmoreland, who is retiring.

"I am grateful that I had the opportunity to lead Moulton ISD for the past two years," said Rothbauer. "I am very proud that our STAAR scores are above state averages in almost every area. Our principals, teachers and staff worked very hard this year to make sure our students were prepared."

The Moulton school board has begun its search for Rothbauer's replacement.

"I cannot say enough good things about the dedicated people at MISD, and I wish only the best for the district," he said. "However, I am excited about rejoining Yoakum ISD as an assistant superintendent, and I look forward to helping the district to meet its academic goals."He is a former teacher and intermediate school principal at Yoakum.

Moulton students met or exceeded state averages in passing STAAR exams in every subject area and in every grade but one.

Only the eighth grade science passing percentage of 70 did not reach the state average threshold of 74.8 percent.

"I was very pleased with all of the scores," said outgoing Moulton superintendent Chad Rothbauer. "We improved in all math and science scores from the previous year with the exception of fourth-grade math."

The teachers and staff did a great job of preparing students, Rothbauer said.

Rothbauer was especially pleased by the students' performance at the high school where 100 percent of the junior class passed all the tests.

Preliminary results for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness were released in late June.

Taking the tests weren't necessarily a good experience for every Moulton student.

Jolissa Wade, a ninth-grader last school year, struggled especially with the writing component.

"They worked real hard preparing for the test. She just gets real nervous," said Jolissa's grandmother, Joanne Reding. "There is a lot of pressure on them when they are told they can't advance to the next grade if they don't pass it."

Reding thinks too much emphasis is placed on the standardized testing.

"It seems like they don't teach anything but how to pass the test," she said.



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