Three campuses in Refugio County earn distinction
Aug. 15, 2017 at 10 p.m.
Refugio County school districts met academic standards, according to Texas Education Agency ratings released Tuesday.
The agency looks at four areas to determine its ratings: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.
Curriculum Director Cindy Krause said students performed better on the math portion of the STAAR this year.
Seventy-five percent of elementary students and 66 percent of high school students tested approached the grade level standard in math.
Krause said the district is looking at each student's progress and ways to help them improve by identifying gaps and building on their strengths.
"We're not going to leave anyone behind," she said.
Krause said they were disappointed with lower scores in reading. However, performance in this subject also declined statewide.
"I'm just really proud of our teachers," she said, adding that while testing is very important, "it doesn't speak to everything we do here."
Refugio High School received a star distinction for its achievement in science.
Ninety-eight percent of high school students approached the grade level standard on the STAAR science test.
High school students performed well in every subject except for reading.
Refugio Junior High students performed well in most subjects, yet struggled in science and social studies.
Although all campuses in the district met overall state standards on the Accountability Ratings, the elementary did not meet state standards in student progress.
Superintendent Melissa Gonzales, who was hired in March, was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
Former superintendent Jack Gaskins retired in May.
Austwell-Tivoli's two campuses each earned a four-star distinction for academic achievement.
Austwell-Tivoli's elementary campus earned the designation for its achievement in reading, math top 25 percent student progress and postsecondary readiness.
The high school earned the four-star rating for its achievement in reading, math, social studies and top 25 percent closing performance gaps.
The high school performed much higher on the STAAR test than the state average with more than 85 percent of its students passing in all subjects.
In science, 95 percent of high school students approached the grade level standard on the STAAR.
Superintendent Antonio Aguirre was unavailable for comment Tuesday.