VISD's students improve TAKS pass rates

June 2, 2010 at 1:02 a.m.

Memorial High School showed improvement in all TAKS testing subjects this year, according to preliminary numbers released by the school district Wednesday.

Across the Victoria school district, passing rates improved for almost all student groups on all five tests in the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

TAKS is the state-required testing of minimal skills in reading, social studies, writing, math and science.

Substantial gains were noted on the TAKS science test, with the passing percentage at 80 percent, up seven points from the prior year. Reading and social studies scores also improved for all students and each of the student groups.

Writing scores, which have typically averaged well into the 90 percent range, improved slightly in some student groups and remained largely unchanged with 94 percent of the district's students meeting the passing standards.

TAKS math scores also improved two percentage points with 78 percent of the students meeting the passing standards.

The only area where the student passing percentage fell this year was in math, where the passing percentage for black students dropped five points to 64 percent.

"Overall, these scores are exceptional," said Superintendent Bob Moore. "We still have weaknesses, which are being addressed, but these are results in which the students, teachers, staff and parents can take pride."

The TAKS results form the foundation of the Texas accountability system. Official ratings will not be released until July 30.

Given the preliminary results, Moore estimated the district will see a record number of schools earning the top accountability rating of exemplary.

Last year, several schools were rated exemplary academically acceptable.

The district as a whole last year received an academically unacceptable rating because of the high dropout rate among the economically disadvantaged group.

To earn an exemplary rating for every subject, at least 90 percent of the tested students must pass the test. Performance is evaluated for all students and the following student groups: blacks, Hispanic, white and economically disadvantaged.



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