Goliad ISD STAAR results

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

June 21, 2014 at 1:21 a.m.

A strong group of eighth-grade teachers contributed to a "bright spot" in Goliad's preliminary State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results, a Goliad school official said.

"I think we have an incredible group of teachers in that eighth-grade group that enjoys working with our students. They've been together for a number of years, so there's that continuity that's developed," said Emilio Vargas III, the district's superintendent. "That group of teachers is consistently high performing."

Compared to state and regional results, Goliad's third-grade math, sixth-grade reading and seventh-grade math results were also high-performing areas. But like much of Texas, Goliad's scores in English language arts, reading and writing show a need for improvement.

"We're in the average and, in some areas, below average. So I would say in all levels - third through 10th grade - we have some work to do," Vargas said.

Goliad teachers will attend reading training programs over the summer to help improve reading levels in the future.

"We have seen some improvements, and we know that we are on our way to gains and more substantial gains. But that still remains an area for us to focus on," he said.

Vargas said he hopes getting families and community leaders involved in students' education will also help students improve.

"We are working with parents to further their education. We invite our parents into the schools, and we are going to invite community leaders to come in and to read to our students and to work with our teachers in providing this assistance," Vargas said.



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