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Refugio mother proud of daughter, school district's STAAR success

By JR Ortega
July 23, 2013 at 2:23 a.m.
Updated July 24, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.


Like many school districts, Refugio struggled in the writing portion of the state exam, but parent Laura Ramirez could not be happier.

Ramirez's daughter Alizeh Torres, a sixth-grader, passed all of her State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness' tests.

Ramirez said her daughter struggles with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, which makes passing the exam a true feat.

"She did well in reading and English," Ramirez said. "She really loves to read."

Alizeh had been stressed out a lot, but Ramirez said she knows the teachers are also stressed.

Alizeh's special education teacher spent many hours tutoring her in math. Ramirez said she knows her daughter's teacher was the reason she passed.

"My daughter thought it was life or death if she did not pass it," she said. "The stress was trickling down."

Statewide, the percentage of students who passed writing was at 48 percent, according to the Texas Education Agency's STAAR results.

Refugio Superintendent Jack Gaskins would not comment on the school's results until speaking with his school board.

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