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TAKS scores show increases
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TRINITY – While some subgroups are still scoring below state minimums, substantial gains in the district’s math and science test scores were reported Monday night. During the Trinity Independent School District’s board meeting, Special Programs Director Rowan Ljungdahl presented the preliminary results of the science and math portions of the state’s 2011 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. “Some of the scores may not be where we want them to be or where we need them to be, but overall most of them are up from last year,” she told the school board. She attributed the improvements to changes implemented by the school’s new superintendent, Dave Plymale, and the hard work of TISD teachers and students. The preliminary scores show that on the math test, African-American students fell below the state minimum passing rate of 65 percent on all campuses with the exception of Trinity High School, where a passing rate of 66 percent was listed. However, Trinity Middle School’s African-American passing rate of 54 percent was up by 27 points from last year. The overall passing rates for all students on the math test included: 69% at Lansberry Elementary, up by seven points from last year; 76% at Trinity Intermediate School, up by 3 points; 73 percent at Trinity Middle School, up by 13 points; and 70 percent at Trinity High School, up by four points. The district-wide passing rate was listed as 72 percent, which was up by seven points from the 2010 math exam. On the science portion of TAKS, a 60 percent passing rate was the state minimum and TISD students top that mark everywhere except among its African-American students. Under the state’s rules, each group and subgroup must have at least 30 students in order to obtain a valid score in terms of meeting the minimum standards. Because there were not 30 African-American students tested in science at each of the individual campuses, those scores will not count against the school in terms of performance standards, which will be released later this year. However, only 50 percent of the African-American students on both the intermediate and high school campuses passed the science exam. The middle school passing rate came in at 56 percent, which was 50 points higher than in 2011. The overall district score among African-Americans – which will count on the performance ratings – was only 52 percent passing, but that was up from 36 percent last year. The overall passing rate for all students on the science exam was: 65% at the intermediate school; 65% at the middle school, which was up by 24 points; and 69% at the high school, which was up by eight points. The science exam is not given at the elementary school level. Overall, the district achieved a 66 percent passing rate, which was up from 57 percent last year. Once the final TAKS report is issued by the state, the Texas Education Agency will issue performance ratings for each campus and the district as a whole. Those ratings include exemplary, recognized, acceptable and unacceptable. Other action During the meeting, the board also: • Received a report on the district’s special eduction programs from Special Education Director Marcia Lawton. • Recognized Bailey Currie, a member of the 2011 graduating class, who placed fifth in the National Beta Club art contest held earlier this month in Nashville, Tenn. She is the first Trinity student to place in the national event, which draws contestants from 8,500 chapters across the United States. • Approved a revised compensation for school groundskeepers that included a 75 cent per hour increase. • Voted to take part in the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) energy cooperative for the purchase of gasoline and diesel fuel. • Approved the TISD Board Operating Procedures for the 2011-2012 school year. • Approved a revised policy for the school’s gifted and talented programs. • Tables action pending more information on the purchase or lease of mowing equipment. • Offered contracts to Katie Goodie as the school choir director and to David Keithley as a licenses specialist in school psychology (LSSP).


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