Tyler ISD releases TAKS results
POSTED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 12:41pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 12:45pm
The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) preliminary raw scores are in for all students with the exception of Math and Reading 5th and 8th grade retest scores. The preliminary scores indicate growth in multiple subjects across all student accountability subgroups (all students, African American, Hispanic, White, and Economically Disadvantaged).
In 2009, 75% of each student group was required to meet standard in order to achieve Recognized status. The 2010 State Accountability standard for Recognized increased to 80% passing in each student group. In addition, math and science standards increased by 5%. Finally, the inclusion of Special Education student scores from TAKS Accommodated in all subject and grade levels are factored into the accountability system for the first time. For Tyler ISD this means that the scores of an additional 440 students were included in reading, 442 in math, 65 in writing, 250 in science, and 205 in social studies.
Tyler ISD is pleased to project that, based upon the preliminary data, it appears that of the 25 state accountability measures, the district performed Exemplary in 15, Recognized in nine, and Acceptable in one area using the new Texas Projection Measure. These numbers could change once the retest scores are received.
The district will continue to analyze test scores and performance as more data is released from the state in making plans for the 2010-2011 school year. Official state accountability ratings will not be available until late August.
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Kim Tunnell reports, "We are encouraged that our scores have grown in every subject area for almost all student subgroups given the increase in standards and the additional student scores that are now included in the ratings. The achievement gap is continuing to close as well. We are extremely proud of the hard work of our teachers and acknowledge that the impact of the new curriculum with a higher level of instruction is showing benefits in student achievement."
Superintendent Dr. Randy Reid stated, "We are excited that we are beginning to see some significant progress in some of the areas that we have struggled with in past years. While we still have work to do, these results should provide a high level of motivation for our staff to continue their efforts. "