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STAAR results are mixed for BISD
by Bill Clough
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Beeville Independent School District Superintendent, Dr. Sue Thomas, discusses the latest STAAR test results with Trustee John Fish and Board President, Nick Cardenas.
Beeville Independent School District Superintendent, Dr. Sue Thomas, discusses the latest STAAR test results with Trustee John Fish and Board President, Nick Cardenas.
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BEEVILLE – Beeville Independent School District elementary and middle school students’ State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test results show both gains and losses.

Dr. Sue Thomas, BISD superintendent, reviewed the results for the BISD trustees at their regular meeting July 23.

While most of the scores were below state average, BISD students grades three through eight showed gains in 14 categories and losses in seven.

The overall highest improvement was eighth-grade math. The scores jumped from 53 who passed the test last year to 71 who passed this year, a 34 percent gain. The second highest was eighth-grade reading, from 70 last year to 87 this year, a gain of 24 percent.

The worst drop was fourth-grade reading, from 71 last year to 57 this year, a loss of 20 percent.

Fourth-graders made the worst showing with losses over the previous year across the board in reading, writing and math.

“One of the goals we’ve had since I came here was to get our math scores up,” Dr. Thomas says. “They’re coming up.”

More students in all grades passed the math test this year than last year, except fourth-graders.

“Fourth grade surprised us,” Thomas says. “The teachers were really surprised.”

She says district teachers will have a better idea about the lower scores once the Texas Education Agency releases the individual answers to the tests, which allow teachers to see if a pattern exists.

“If most of the students answered a question incorrectly, but most of them made the same mistake,” Thomas explains, “then that’s a strong indicator that the subject needs to be taught in a better way.”

In assessing the scores, Thomas told the board that scores attained by higher-grade students is indicative of BISD success.

“We have some students who do really, really well, but it takes us longer to get some of the other students where they ought to be. But, we get them there.”

Her sentiment is mirrored by Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. “We may find that with STAAR our performance increases gradually rather than in large bursts.”

The percentage of students who passed the various tests are:

READING

Grade 2012 2013

3 69 69

4 71 57

5 69 75

6 66 58

7 68 69

8 70 87

MATH

Grade 2012 2013

3 51 67

4 55 49

5 69 70

6 69 70

7 52 58

8 53 71

WRITING

Grade 2012 2013

4 66 71

7 68 57

SOCIAL STUDIES

Grade 2012 2013

8 47 42

SCIENCE

Grade 2012 2013

5 52 46

8 54 62

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.
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