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STAAR scores strong overall in Calhoun County

By Elena Watts
July 19, 2014 at 2:19 a.m.
Updated July 20, 2014 at 2:20 a.m.


Overall, Calhoun County school district's preliminary State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness scores were strong this year, a school official said.

"We appreciate our students and our teachers and how hard they work," said Debbie Swope, the district's curriculum director. "Compared with other schools in Region III, we were competitive with some of the top schools."

District-wide, math scores remained strong and stable, she said. The elementary schools showed growth in reading, and fourth and seventh grades showed gains in writing.

Fifth- and eighth-grade test scores were strong overall for the district, Swope said. The scores were higher because the Texas Education Agency tested the two grade levels twice statewide, and the scores were cumulative, Swope said. The end-of-course and advance level scores were also promising, she said.

"We're pleased with the writing, and we're moving in the right direction, but we're not where we want to be," Swope said.

The district also plans to continue improving scores in social studies, she said.

"We need to make sure our kids are ready for college or work," Swope said. "We need to press them to do well so they can be successful."

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