The 2008-09 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) results are in and three Stephenville Independent School District (SISD) campuses earned Recognized status while the entire district was named Academically Acceptable. The board of directors reviewed the scores and ratings during Monday night’s school board meeting.
The TAKS is a statewide-standardized test used to gauge student development. Students begin taking the test every year in the third grade. If they pass the TAKS their sophomore year of high school, students do not have to take the test again. However, they must past the high school level test before they can graduate.
Hook and Chamberlin elementary campuses, which are grouped together by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), achieved Recognized status - the second highest rating in the state. But Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd and Hook Principal Kathy Haynes hope to change that rating to Exemplary very soon.
Hook students scored well enough in every test area, except one, to qualify for the Exemplary rating.
In writing, 93 percent of all students met the exemplary standard and 91 percent met the standard in math.
In the reading section, 93 percent met the exemplary standard, with only 90 percent required to reach the rating. TEA breaks TAKS scores down into different indicator groups. The groups are rated individually then collectively to give an “all students” percentage. All of the indicator groups for Hook’s reading TAKS tests scored in the exemplary percentile with the exception of one group, which received a recognized status. TEA then bases the campuses’ rating on the lowest standard achieved.
The indicator group scored just one percent below the required 90 percent floor. When the numbers were evaluated, it was discovered that only one student had missed the mark.
The third grade student, who took the TAKS reading test in March, qualified for special education services and the TAKS accommodated test in April. The test the student took in March was the regular standardized test.
Floyd has appealed the rating and if successful, Hook and Chamberlin will receive exemplary ratings.
Haynes said she had talked extensively with TEA about the situation and feels Hook will soon be changed to an exemplary campus.
“I don’t see it as an appeal, I see it as a clerical error on TEA’s part,” Haynes said.
Chamberlin Elementary scored in the exemplary percentile across the board. In writing and reading, 93 percent met the standard and 91 percent met the standard in math.
Students at Stephenville High School also scored well on the TAKS, and passing the standardized test is one requirement for graduation.
Ninety-five percent of all student tested passed the reading portion and 97 percent passed the social studies test.
The campus struggled a little on the math and science test - areas that gave the entire district some trouble.
Eighty-four percent met the standard on the math test, giving the high school a recognized status. In science, 87 percent met the standard.
Henderson Junior High was rated as an academically acceptable campus.
In reading and writing, 96 percent met the standard and 93 percent met the standard in social science.
In math, 89 percent met the standard, but 72 percent met the standard in science, which gave the campus an academically acceptable rating.
Gilbert Intermediate was also ranked as an academically acceptable campus.
In reading, 95 percent of the students met the standard and 92 percent met the standard in math.
In science, 78 percent met the standard, which gave the campus an acceptable rating.
Central Elementary was not rated by TEA because it is the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten campus.
The district as a whole was rated as academically acceptable, based on the lowest rating achieved.
On average, 95 percent of district students met the standard on reading, writing and social studies TAKS tests. Eighty-nine percent met the standard in math. And 81 percent in science met the standard with two indicator groups scoring in the academically acceptable range.
Michelle McMichael, who presented the report to the board, said they are working on curriculum alignments in math to help students focus on areas that need improvement. She added that they will do the same with science after they receive new textbooks.