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All of the school districts in Lavaca County met state academic standards, according to the Texas Education Agency.

The agency scored school districts based on three main criteria: student achievement, school progress, and closing the gaps. Each school district and campus was given a letter grade to reflect their performance.

5 things to know how your district fared: Hallettsville ISD

  • Overall rating: B
  • Area that showed the most improvement: Hallettsville students showed progress across a range of grades and subjects compared to last year. More sixth-graders passed state reading exams this year compared to last year. Of all sixth-graders, 42% of students did not pass in 2018. This year, that number dipped to 31%.
  • Area that still needs improvement: Last year, 23% of fourth-graders did not pass their math exams, compared to 30% of this year.
  • Rating for closing the gaps: B
  • Distinctions: Hallettsville High School earned distinctions in reading, math, science and postsecondary readiness.

5 things to know how your district fared: Sweet Home ISD

  • Overall rating: B
  • Area that showed the most improvement: Students at Sweet Home Elementary, the only school in the district, showed general improvement on their reading and math exams. Of eighth-graders at the school, 91% passed their reading exams, an improvement of seven percentage points compared to last year.
  • Area that still needs improvement: A slightly smaller percentage of third-graders passed their math exams this year; 88% passed last year compared to 82% this year.
  • Rating for closing the gaps: C
  • Distinctions: Sweet Home ISD did not earn or was not eligible for any distinctions.

5 things to know how your district fared: Ezzell ISD

  • Overall rating: B
  • Area that showed the most improvement: Students at Ezzell Elementary, the only school in the district, continued to do well on state standardized tests. For the second year in a row, all eighth-graders passed both their math and reading state exams.
  • Area that still needs improvement: Fewer third-graders passed their reading exams in 2019. Ninety percent of Ezzell third-graders got a passing score last year, compared to 81% this year. 
  • Rating for closing the gaps: C
  • Distinctions: Ezzell ISD earned distinctions in reading, math, and postsecondary readiness.

Ciara McCarthy covers local health issues for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara.

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Ciara McCarthy covers local government for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can contact her by emailing cmccarthy@vicad.com.

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