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Despite improved scores TISD listed unacceptable
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TRINITY – Although recent test scores are up almost across the board from last year, the Trinity Independent School District and most of its campuses are expected to receive “academically unacceptable” ratings from the state. During the TISD board meeting Monday night, the district’s new Curriculum Director Steve Brownlee presented the results of the 2011 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). Following the presentation, Superintendent Dave Plymale told the board that when the Texas Education Agency posts its ratings, the district as a whole, Trinity High School, Trinity Intermediate School and Lansberry Elementary School are all expected to be given the unacceptable ranking. Only Trinity Middle School is expected to be listed as “academically acceptable.” In his report, Brownlee noted that for the most part, students scored in the acceptable up to the exemplary ranges, but scores – particularly among the African-American sub-population – in math and science were below the state’s minimum standards. District-wide, students’ scores were in the acceptable or higher ranges in reading, writing and social studies. However, in math it fell short. The state requires a minimum of 65 percent of the students to pass the TAKS math test and in 2011, the African-American sub-population had a passing rate of only 52 percent. This was up from 47 percent in 2010. In addition, the district’s African-American science results also fell short of the minimum 60 percent required by the state. The 44 percent passing rate this year, however, was still up from 31 percent the year before. The low performing rating at the high school will be based on a low English/Language Arts (ELA) score among Hispanics and low math results among African-Americans. In reading, the Hispanic sub-group achieved a passing rate of 63 percent while the state minimum on this test is 70 percent. The African-American math score came in at 61 percent passing, which is below the 65 percent minimum required. The middle school scores were all in at least the acceptable range and on the science test, achieved double digit improvement overall. A total of 65 percent of all TMS students tested passed the science exam, which was up by 25 percent from last year. Other improvements by sub-group on the test ranged from a 20-point increase among the White group to a 28-point jump among those identified as economically disadvantaged. At Trinity Intermediate, the only score to fall below acceptable levels was the African-American math score. The 50 percent passing rate was below the 65 percent state minimum. At Lansberry Elementary, the problem area again was in the African-American math test. There the passing rate was only 46 percent.