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LISD holds hearing on AEIS report
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON —Trustees for Livingston ISD held their annual public hearing on the Academic Excellence Indicator System which shows how local students are performing on the statemandated test, attendance rates and dropout rates. Livingston ISD had a district attendance rate of 96.1 percent in 2010-11, compared to 95.9 in Region 6 and 95.7 in the state; and 95.7 percent in 2009-201 while Region 6 and the state had an attendance rate of 95.5 percent. LISD and the state had a dropout rate of 0.2 percent in 2010-2011 while Region 6's dropout rate was 0.1 percent. The previous year, the district had a dropout rate of 0.6 percent while Region 6's was 1.6 percent and the state had students leaving school at a rate of 2.4 percent. On the 2012 mandatory TAKS test, 92 percent of LISD 10th graders passed English Language Arts, compared to 91 percent in Region 6 and the state. The only subgroup that showed signs of struggling with the language arts portion of the test were "atrisk" students, but 82 percent passed. In math, 70 percent of LISD 10th grade students passed, compared to 75 percent in Region 6 and the state. Looking at subpopulations at LISD, only 54 percent of African-Americans passed the math portion of the test, 75 percent of Hispanics, 70 percent of Whites, 64 percent of Economically Disadvantage, 36 percent of At risk. In the Science section, 76 percent of LISD 10th graders passed, compared to 77 percent in Region 6, and 75 percent across the state. Analyzing subpopulations, 65 percent of African American students passed, 80 percent Hispanic, 77 percent white, 69 percent economically disadvantaged, 52 percent at risk. In the Social Studies section, 96 percent of LISD 10th graders passed, compared to 94 percent in Region 6 and 94 percent across the state. Analyzing the subpopulations, 83 percent of African-Americans passed, greater than 99 percent Hispanics, 96 percent whites, 95 percent economically disadvantaged, 89 percent at risk. On all tests, 63 percent of LISD 10th passed, compared to 66 percent in Region 6, and 65 percent across the state. Looking at subgroups, 54 percent of African-Americans passed all tests, 62 percent of Hispanics and 65 percent of whites, 56 percent of economically disadvantaged students and 28 percent of at risk students. The TAKS Exit-level cumulative pass rate for the Class of 2012 is 95 percent for LISD, compared to 94 percent for Region 6, and 93 percent for the state. For the Class of 2011, LISD's cumulative pass rate was 95 percent, compared to 93 percent for Region 6 and 92 percent for the state. LISD's four year completion rate is 90.2 percent, with 96.2 percent for African-American students, 100 percent for Hispanic students and 86.8 percent for white students. The district's four-year college-readiness indicators showed that 22.4 percent of graduates in 2010-11 completed advanced courses or dual enrollment courses, compared to a completion rate of 27.6 percent in Region 6 and 30.3 percent in the state. RHSP/DAP Graduates in the Class of 2011 were reported in LISD at 71.5 percent, compared to 79 percent in Region 6 and 80.1 for the state; in the Class of 2010 the graduation rate for the program was 65.1 percent for LISD, compared to 79.7 percent in Region 6 and 82.7 statewide. The number of students who attempt college entrance exams are lagging behind students around the region and the states, according to the accountability rating. The LISD Class of 2011 only had 58.1 percent take the SAT or ACT exam, compared to 68.8 in the region and 68.9 in Texas; in the Class of 2010, 58.7 tested, compared to 62.3 in the region or 62.6 in Texas. Without the ACT or SAT, you cannot even apply for college. According to the AEIS report, LISD had 57 percent of its students in the Class of 2011 "college ready; 50 percent of the African- American graduates, 40 percent Hispanic and 63 percent white. That's compared to 66 percent of the graduating seniors in the region and 64 percent in the state. For the Class of 2010, LISD had 60 percent college ready for language arts, 44 percent of African- American, 55 percent Hispanic and 64 percent white. In math, the college-ready numbers are 64 percent of seniors: 40 percent African- American, 62 percent Hispanic, 68 percent white. The report said 45 percent were ready in both subjects in 2011; 35 percent of African-Americans, 34 percent Hispanics and 51 percent white.