by SCOTT THOMAS
The Mercury Staff
San Marcos CISD saw overall test scores rise in the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skill, according to preliminary results released by the state.
The TAKS data are still unofficial, but the numbers in their current state show grade five improving in all subjects for all subpopulations. In most cases, score rose by five percentage points or higher, according to Joy Philpott, director of Accountability & School Improvement.
In a written statement, the school district called the increases “dramatic.”
“It was a lot of hard work last summer (preparing for TAKS), it feels like the efforts really paid off,” Philpott said.
School officials attributed the positive results in grade five to a transformed classroom settings for the students.
The school district is now comprised of six elementary campuses that include grade five. Previously, the district was made up of four elementary campuses and one intermediate campus, which included all fifth and six graders. In a statement released by the school, officials said the fifth graders were able to better learn in the smaller, more structured setting of the elementary campus’s classrooms.
School officials also noted in their official statement that Reading/ELA, writing, and social studies remain strong in the district. Furthermore, they stated in the release that math scores in some grade levels and subpopulations met or exceeded the reading scores, and science scores continue to improve.Email | Print