Industrial students exceed state averages on STAAR

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

July 17, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.
Updated July 18, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.

Industrial school district students met and exceeded the state STAAR averages in every subject area.

Superintendent Tony Williams said he is pleased.

"We're thrilled with the scores and with the hard work of the teachers. They put a lot of pressure on themselves to do well, and the kids take the test seriously. So do the parents," Williams said.

The students at the high school level had a 100 percent pass rate, with the highest scores attributed to math and science.

Students did not excel as much in freshmen writing, but Williams said the trends with low scores kept pace with other scores.

"One area we were weak in was writing. Our high school, except for the writing, knocked it out of the park," he said. "As a district, we've identified some areas we need work in."

Neeco Garza, parent of incoming Industrial senior Madison Garza, said she was not surprised with the results of the testing.

"I expected them to do well because parents, teachers and the administration all have the same goal: to get the best education for these kids. That is why my child goes there," Garza said.

Madison moved from Edna High School to Industrial when she was a sophomore, and her mother said she has seen her daughter's interest and performance in academics rise.

"When she switched schools, she was behind. But Industrial has challenged her. You can tell by the quality of education that it is top notch," Garza said. "The teachers don't leave anyone behind. They work hard to make sure all of their students are progressing and developing."

Williams said overall, students and teachers exceed their expectations, and no senior will not graduate because of testing.

Where the scores divide somewhat are when broken down by socioeconomic factors and race.

Students in lower socioeconomic groups and Hispanics fared poorer in the STAAR results.

But even with slight unevenness among socioeconomic groups, Williams said the students performed well and passed.

"I'm just really pleased. We're excited about our results," he said.



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