Mexia ISD pleased with newest test scores

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor
Mexia ISD administrators received state assessment scores recently, and are pleased with the overall picture and gains seen in a number of areas.
Donna Savage, MISD director of curriculum and instruction, presented test results to district trustees at the board’s June 17 regular monthly meeting.
She began with high school scores in the TAKS tests, which are being phased out in favor of end-of-course final exams, called STAAR. She said in English/language arts, social studies and science, while students did not always pass or meet the state passing average, most sub-populations (African American, hispanic, white and economically disadvantaged) did well compared to the district’s scores last year.
“Math is still an area we need to work on,” Savage said, noting the scores for all groups in that category were lower than those last year.
STAAR tests were planned to be given to high schoolers in 15 subjects, although the legislature this year lowered the number of tests students will need to pass in the future in order to graduate to five: English I, English II, algebra I, biology and U.S. history.
Savage said Mexia High students “did great” in algebra 1, geometry and biology, coming within 10 points to above state averages in most subpopulations, except white students. She noted hispanic students had “outstanding” scores in algebra I and geometry, and that African American students surpassed state averages in all algebra 1, geometry and biology.
“We’re very, very proud of those gains,” she said.
As a whole, she was pleased with the high school’s STAAR results.
“When I look at the overall percentages, I am very pleased,” she said.

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