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Preliminary TAKS results indicate problems
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TRINITY – Preliminary results of the 2010 TAKS tests indicate not all Trinity school will earn an acceptable rating this year from the state. During Monday’s meeting of the Trinity Independent School District’s board of trustees, officials were told that low math scores among the economically disadvantages sub-group at the middle school as well as low African-American science scores district-wide were below the minimum standards set by the state. Under the 2010 accountability standards posted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to be rated as academically acceptable, schools must achieve a 70 percent passing rate on the reading, writing and social studies tests; a 60 percent passing rate on the math exam; and a 55 percent passing level on the science exam. Schools who achieve and 80 percent passing rate on all five tests earn a “recognized” rating and those who reach 90 percent across the board are ranked as “exemplary.” District-wide, only 48 percent of Trinity’s African-American students passed the science section of the 2010 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exam. At the middle school, only 52 percent passed the math section. In addition, a number of other scores among the African-American and Hispanic sub-groups at individual campuses also fell below the state minimum but will not be counted against the school’s rating. Director of Special Programs Rowan Ljungdahl told the board the scores of sub-groups with less than 30 students are not counted against the school. “Even so, these scores are troubling and we need to do something to help these students improve,” board member Steve Tyler said. Although not counting against the school, low scores included at 52 percent math score and a 46 percent writing score for African-Americans at the intermediate school; a 26 percent math score and a 31 percent science score among African-Americans at the middle school; a 40 percent math score among Hispanics at the middle school; and a 39 percent math score among Hispanics at the high school. Tyler noted that at the middle school, while only 26 percent of the African-Americans and 40 percent of the Hispanics passed the math exam, 75 percent of the white students passed. “They have the same teachers and are being exposed to the same lessons. What is the problem? What can we do to help bring up the scores?” Tyler said. At the elementary campus, all of the scores – including the ones that don’t count against the district’s rating – met the state’s minimum standard and most exceeded the requirement for a recognized rating. The scores that would keep Lansberry Elementary from earning the recognized status include African-American reading, 76 percent passing; African-American math, 64 percent passing; and the economically disadvantaged math score, 64 percent passing. Ljungdahl noted that the elementary’s African-American writing score was 100 percent, but that was among the scores that didn’t count. She noted that at the elementary, only fourth graders take the writing test and there were less than 30 African-American students in that grade level. At the high school, all of the scores that the state counts were above the minimum level for an acceptable rating. Ljungdahl noted that the results were still preliminary and could change slightly by the time the final results are posted later this summer. Other action During Monday’s meeting, school board members also: • Accepted the resignation of Trinity High School Principal Stephen Tuggle as well as Spanish teacher Mark Malecek, coach Jarrett Hill, junior high counselor Melissa Rice, coach Abby Sellers, English teacher Jim Underwood and special ed teacher and coach Jozette Jenkins. • Offered probationary contacts to Christina Bishop, a sixth grade math teacher; Leona Abbs, an English as a Second Language teacher at the elementary; and Monica Reddick, an elementary teacher. • Agreed to seek proposals for new bleachers at the high school gym. • Voted to contract with Huntsville Memorial Hospital to provide the services of a certified athletic trainer to the district. Cost of the service will be $15,000 and the trainer will be available to athletes every school day. • Approved the athletic stipend schedule for the coming year. The stipends are the amounts paid to coaches over their basic teaching salaries and the amounts each receives depends on the number of sports they coach and how much responsibility they have for the individual sports. Athletic Director Chuck Langston said the total for the coming year was $113,750, which is down from the $118,800 in stipends paid during the 2009-10 school year. He also noted that the number of coaches on staff would be reduced from last year’s 18 down to 13 during the coming year. • Renewed the school property, automobile and liability insurance with the Texas Association of Public Schools. • Renewed the workmen’s compensation insurance policy for the coming year.