Edna ISD passes STAAR, plans to study more have started

Nancy Day Sandlin, director of curriculum and instruction for Edna Independent School District, said students performed well after reviewing results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test.

Some students, from elementary school to high school, passed the test, but Sandlin said educators are now working to bring up the scores of areas where the scores were lower.

"Our students need to work on reading across the district and math. We are in the process of studying the results to determine how best to address the needs of each child at each grade level," Sandlin said.

Edna High School students performed best overall, followed by junior high and elementary students.

Sandlin said since the STAAR test was new, it may take about three years to accurately measure marked gains.

"In Texas, a new testing system almost always accompanies a paradigm shift, and it takes awhile for educators to figure out what the shift is, what changes it requires and how to infuse those changes into classroom instruction to best deliver it to the students," she said. "When compared to the beginning of the TAKS tests, we are doing amazingly well."