Moulton students ace STAAR exam

Sonny Long

July 16, 2013 at 2:16 a.m.

Moulton students met or exceeded state averages in passing STAAR exams in every subject area and in every grade but one.

Only the eighth grade science passing percentage of 70 did not reach the state average threshold of 74.8 percent.

"I was very pleased with all of the scores," said outgoing Moulton superintendent Chad Rothbauer. "We improved in all math and science scores from the previous year with the exception of fourth-grade math."

The teachers and staff did a great job of preparing students, Rothbauer said.

Rothbauer was especially pleased by the students' performance at the high school where 100 percent of the junior class passed all the tests.

Preliminary results for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness were released in late June.

Taking the tests weren't necessarily a good experience for every Moulton student.

Jolissa Wade, a ninth-grader last school year, struggled especially with the writing component.

"They worked real hard preparing for the test. She just gets real nervous," said Jolissa's grandmother, Joanne Reding. "There is a lot of pressure on them when they are told they can't advance to the next grade if they don't pass it."

Reding thinks too much emphasis is placed on the standardized testing.

"It seems like they don't teach anything but how to pass the test," she said.



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