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March 25th, 2009
San Marcos CISD posts record TAKS numbers


San Marcos CISD announced that 93 percent of its eighth graders met district-wide standard on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, an eleven percent growth since 2005. The scores are the best for San Marcis CISD since TAKS testing began.

“We’re proud of our students and teachers,” said San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer. “Our strong dedication to rigorous academic achievement in literacy is evident in these scores, and we commend the hard work that is behind the achievement.”

Additionally, 88 percent of third grade students met the standard, along with 73 percent of fifth grade students.

“Every child receives support in small instructional settings with a ten to one or smaller student to teacher ratio,” said Yolanda Almendarez, San Marcos CISD Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. “Past experience shows that this intensive instruction increases student confidence and success.”

Students that did not meet test standards will have two more chances. Between now and then, students and teachers are working to improve test performance for then next Reading TAKS exam on April 29.

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