Garland ISD officials believe that regardless of how its students did on the STAAR tests, there’s always room for improvement.
That means grade levels that didn’t do too well must get better, and those that equaled or surpassed regional and state scores need to widen the gap in their favor.
At least more than 50 percent of GISD students passed the STAAR test at each grade level, with the highest being 93 percent for End of Course high school students (EOC) taking the US History test, and the lowest being 55 percent at Grade 7 mathematics.
However, that latter number is a little skewered since the top third of seventh-grade math students took the eighth-grade math test; 77 percent passed that test.
Overall, according to the GISD, there was an uptick in performance in the areas of mathematics (5 percent across all grades), eighth-grade social studies (4 percent), fourth- and seventh-grade writing (69 percent passing for each). Along with US History, a significant number of EOC students passed Algebra I (86 percent) and biology (89 percent) exams.
On a local level, students at Sewell and Armstrong Elementary School outperformed their GISD counterparts when it came to passing each test, sometimes exceeding the district percentage by more than 10 percentage points. The same held true for Hudson Middle School students, and for Sachse High students taking EOC tests.
For most part, GISD students in grades 3-8 kept pace or exceeded their counterparts at the regional and state levels in all the tests, according to the district. One area where that was not the case was seventh-grade math, with 55 percent passing compared to the regional (69 percent) and state numbers (68 percent).