Tyler ISD mirrors state trends in standardized test scores

Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:10 - Written by BY EMILY GUEVARA eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Tyler ISD standardized test scores mirrored state trends overall, but fell below state results in a majority of categories.

More than 80 percent of TISD’s fifth- and eighth-graders passed reading and math tests, with the highest passing rate coming at 87 percent for eighth-grade reading.

This is the second year Texas public school students have taken the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR.

Fifth- and eighth-graders have to pass the tests to advance to the next grade level.

High school freshmen and sophomores along with middle school students taking high school level courses took the STAAR End-of-Course exams.

In TISD, these results sometimes exceeded state figures but also fell below the state rates in other categories.

The district posted the highest passing percentages in math and science courses with all at 80 percent of higher.

World history, world geographic and English II reading came next with 67 percent, 72 percent and 78 percent of students passing those exams, respectively.

Students statewide struggled the most with reading and writing at the high school level, and TISD data reflected this.

Only 50 percent of students passed the English II writing exam. Forty-eight percent passed English 1 writing, and 64 percent passed English I reading.

TISD Superintendent Gary Mooring said the district saw students make progress in the areas of math and science after focusing heavily on those subject areas, according to a school district news release.

The district will continue to identify areas for improvement in the future so students excel in all academic areas and are college and career ready, according to the news release.