Bloomington district does not meet TEA standards

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Aug. 8, 2013 at 3:08 a.m.

The Bloomington school district did not meet state standards for this year.

While Bloomington Elementary School and Placedo Elementary School, which were both grouped into one for the report, met the state's standards, the district's two secondary education campuses did not.

Scores came in below the state standards for closing the performance gap and student progress at Bloomington Junior High School and below in college readiness for Bloomington High School.

These results came as no surprise, said Delores Warnell, Bloomington superintendent.

"The data is actually a lot better than I was thought it was going to be," Warnell said. "But I do not want to be in this situation next year."

Bloomington High School missed the mark in the area of post-secondary readiness by 20 points.

This year, the majority of the high school seniors graduated on the minimum graduation plan, which is why that area's score was so low, said Warnell.

The high school had 26.5 percent of its students from the 2012 graduating class on either a recommended or distinguished achievement plan.

"We've already talked about the ways we can change," Warnell said. "We're going to try to encourage more students to take the recommended graduation plan."

Bloomington Junior High School's scores for student progress and closing the performance gaps were both less than four points away from meeting the state standards.

"They were right under the target," Warnell said. "We have good teachers and good students; we just need to figure out what we can do together to turn these scores around."



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