• December 25, 2014

Killeen ISD’s early STAAR scores show promise

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 11:29 am

Test scores from Killeen Independent School District fifth- and eighth-graders were close to the state averages on the Texas standardized math and reading tests this month.

Eighty percent of Killeen Independent School District fifth-graders passed the math portion of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests, while 76 percent of fifth-graders passed the reading portion, according to figures released by the district Friday.

Statewide, 79 percent passed the math portion, and 76 percent passed the reading portion.

Eighty-one percent of Killeen ISD eighth-graders passed the reading test, while 75 percent passed the math test.

Statewide, 82 percent of eighth-graders passed the reading test, while 79 percent passed the math test.

According to districtwide numbers last school year, 77 percent of Killeen ISD students passed the reading test and 73 percent passed the math test.

Killeen ISD Superintendent Robert Muller said he is pleased with the results.

“While the results are very preliminary, only two grade levels and two subject areas reported, I believe that the improvement in scores reflects the dedication of the campus staff, teachers, administrators and other support personnel,” he said. “We are pleased with the increases in math, which has been an area of focus within the school district. Campuses should feel validated in the improvement efforts that they have been pursuing.”

At the Copperas Cove Independent School District, 87 percent of eighth-graders passed the reading test, and 84 percent passed math. About 81 percent of fifth-graders taking the math test passed, while 79 percent passed the reading portion.

“We are very pleased with our students’ initial performance on the STAAR exam,” said Cove ISD Superintendent Joe Burns. “The achievement is the result of outstanding efforts by our students and exceptional work by our classroom teachers and instructional support staff.”

The districts are still analyzing the results.

Tests will be given again in May for those students still needing to pass.

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