Sweet Home students fare well on STAAR

Sonny Long

July 22, 2013 at 2:22 a.m.
Updated July 23, 2013 at 2:23 a.m.

Although students in the Sweet Home school district met or exceeded state passing percentages in all but two areas of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test, Superintendent Randy Meyer said there is room for improvement.

"Our goal is to take each student as far as we can in preparation for the next grade and beyond," said Meyer. "Our district is committed to providing each student with a full and rich educational experience."

The STAAR is only one measure of this overall success of the students, he said, adding the school is looking at each subject to see where it can improve.

Sweet Home students only came up short of state averages in seventh-grade math, 67 percent passing compared to 71.4 percent statewide, and seventh-grade writing, 58 percent compared to 77.3 percent across the state.

In another kindergarten to eighth-grade school district in Lavaca County, Vysehrad, only eighth-graders in social studies came up short of state passing percentages.

"Overall, we did very well," said Superintendent Jason Appelt.

Only 50 percent of eighth-graders passed the social studies portion of the STAAR compared to 63.4 percent statewide.

Vysehrad students in reading and math in the fifth, seventh and eighth grades all passed. In addition, 100 percent of students passed in seventh-grade writing and eighth-grade science.



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