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June 11th, 2010
Preliminary TAKS results show San Marcos CISD making gains


The arrival of the preliminary 2010 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores indicates that San Marcos CISD continues to experience gains, most particularly in math and science, according to San Marcos CISD officials.

District officials attribute substantial gains in fifth grade scores, for all sub-populations, to the recent transformation within San Marcos CISD, which re-organized its primary levels from four elementary schools and one intermediate school campus to six elementary schools. Fifth graders were moved from the intermediate school level, which was changed to middle school, and placed in elementary schools.

“Students, parents, and SMCISD staff worked hard in the transformation of the district campus configuration this year, and that transformation has benefited our fifth grade students especially, ” San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer said. ” Fifth grade students excel in the smaller, more structured settings of elementary campuses.”

Reading, English language arts (ELA), writing and social studies continue to be areas of strength for the district. However, for the first time this year, math scores in some grade levels and sub-populations met or exceeded the reading scores. School officials said science scores also continue to improve.

“We want for all of our students to possess and demonstrate skill in all subject areas,” said Yolanda Almendarez, San Marcos CISD’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. “A well-rounded education allows our students the greatest amount of opportunities in a rapidly-changing world.”

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