By Joy Harris Philpott
On March 25, 2008, San Marcos CISD released preliminary scores for the initial administration of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) reading tests for grades 3, 5, and 8. Students took these tests on March 5, 2008.
Eighth-grade scores were the strongest they have been since administration of TAKS tests began. Ninety-two percent (92%) of eighth graders district-wide met the standard on the test. This is a four percent jump over the previous year’s score of 88% and a ten percent growth since 2005. Fifty percent of eighth grade students earned “Commended” scores of 2400 or higher on their reading TAKS test.
“We’re proud of our students and of our teachers,” said Dr. Patty Shafer, SMCISD Superintendent of Schools. “Our strong dedication to rigorous academic instruction in literacy is evident in these scores, and we commend the hard work that is behind the achievement.”
Third and fifth grade scores were also strong. District-wide, 84% of third grade students and 78% of fifth grade students met standard on the exam.
Those students who did not meet standard on the tests will have two more opportunities to meet the standard. Between now and then, students and teachers are working hard to improve students’ skills.
“Every child receives support in small instructional settings with a 10:1 or smaller student-to-teacher ratio,” reports Yolanda Almendarez, SMCISD Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. “Past experience shows that this intensive instruction increases student confidence and success.”
The next opportunity for students in 3, 5, and 8 to meet standard on the Reading TAKS test comes on April 30, 2008.Email | Print