Hallettsville students knock STAAR out of park

Sonny Long

July 15, 2013 at 2:15 a.m.

Like its state championship baseball team, students in the Hallettsville school district knocked the STAAR exam out of the park, according to preliminary results released by the Texas Education Agency.

At the high school level, Hallettsville students exceeded state averages in every subject on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness end-of-course tests.

Hallettsville superintendent Jo Ann Bludau said the results were exciting.

"Our teachers have worked hard. Our students have worked hard," said Bludau. "We have steps in place that are working, and we continue to improve."

The lowest of the passing percentages was a 63 in writing I, but that number exceeded the state average of 54.3 percent.

"I am very pleased with the gains our students made during the 2012-13 school year," Bludau said.

The high school's showing included passing percentages of 90 or above in algebra I, algebra II, geometry, English II, biology and chemistry.

In the lower grades, the results were also good, although not a clean sweep across the board against state passing percentages.

Among all grades in all subjects - 17 total categories - Hallettsville students exceeded state passing averages in all but three areas.

Those areas were fourth-grade math, seventh-grade reading and fifth-grade science.

Bludau said she is excited about the preliminary results and the challenges of the coming year.

"We expect even higher results in the 2013-14 school year," she said.

"Our students, teachers and staff members have a strong instructional focus and are already making plans for increasing student achievement on the 2014 assessments."



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