From the San Marcos school district
San Marcos school district officials say preliminary TAKS scores indicate a rise in the majority of test scores overall and for various subpopulations.
“We have much work to do, and we’re pleased at the gains that have been made this year,” Superintendent Patty Shafer said.
The district remained strong in reading and writing scores as well as social studies. Writing in fourth and seventh grades was at Exemplary and Recognized levels with all subgroups showing passing rates of 8 percent or higher. Exit level Social Studies was at exemplary status with scores of 90 percent or higher for all subpopulations.
Math and Science continued to present challenges, but gains were made in both. Eighth grade scores were above the reported state average after the initial administration of the test and the highest that they have been since the implementation of the TAKS test in 2003. Science scores in fifth and tenth grade were also up.
“We continue to search out and to implement best practices in instruction while working to enhance the content in all classrooms in the district,” said Yolanda Almendarez, the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.
Final scores will be released by the Texas Education Agency in July.
— IRIS CAMPBELL