GISD students top state norm in most subjects

June 22, 2013

Granbury school district students fared better than state averages in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), but Granbury ISD Superintendent James Largent said this is only one indicator of how students are performing.

“These test results are just one of the many pieces of information we use to determine the quality of education in GISD,” Largent said. “I still believe the testing and accountability system we have is a flawed system, based on multiple choice bubble tests.”

Students took the state-mandated tests in various subject areas pursuant to requirements in state law and agency regulations.

GISD scored higher than the state in 27 of 31 subjects. GISD was below in fifth-grade science, eighth-grade reading and math, and Algebra I.

“I believe these results only reflect a small measure of GISD,” Largent continued. “Nowhere in these results are any indication of the quality programs, dual credit hours, extra and co-curricular successes, and many other skills we believe we are teaching in GISD to prepare our students for life after high school.

“We certainly expect our students to do well on any measure, but these test results are only a small indication of the success of our schools.”

Students in grades 9 and 10 took end-of-course exams, and this also included some eighth graders taking English I and Algebra I as advanced classes. Last school year’s juniors were the last group to take the TAKS test.

Results for some end-of-course exams were recently rendered moot by the passage of House Bill 5 by the Texas Legislature. Among its many provisions, the new state law lowers the number of exams necessary for a student to graduate from 15 to five.

State averages are the best estimates from available sources, school officials said. Results from the region education service area, including Fort Worth-area schools, are not available.

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