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Stockdale ISD addresses HB 5
STOCKDALE -- Texas House Bill 5, relating to the requirements for high school graduation, is being addressed by school districts across the state, and the Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) is no exception.
According to Stockdale ISD Superintendent Paul Darilek after the Stockdale school board’s July 8 meeting, the bill decreased the number of test requirements for graduation from 15 to five.
According to the Texas Education Agency website, the five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course exams to meet the new graduation requirements include Algebra I, English I (combined reading/writing), English II (combined reading/writing), biology, and U.S. history. “Assessments in Algebra II, geometry, English III, chemistry, physics, world geography, and world history have been eliminated from the testing requirements.”
Also during the meeting, the district’s spring 2013 assessment information was presented. Passing scores of 80 percent in math, reading, and science were received by the district. Areas that are lacking include writing, with a 70 percent score; and social studies, listed at 77 percent.
Darilek said he was pleased with the scores the district received. He said that across the state, the writing test was the toughest.
The board of trustees has set 80 percent as a passing score for the students when determining the district’s 2013-14 Measurable Performance Objective.
In other business, the trustees approved:
•The advertisement of bids for the stadium bleacher relocation, since no bids were received.
•The purchase of a 2013 71-passenger school bus for $90,000. Primarily to be used as a “trip bus,” it is equipped with air conditioning, Darilek said. The purchase followed the expiration of the district’s interlocal transportation agreement with Floresville ISD’s STS (Student Transportation Specialists), and Floresville ISD’s decision not to contract with STS.
•The 2013-14 Wilson County Appraisal District budget as presented by Chief Appraiser Brian Stahl.
•The hiring of two junior high teachers, two elementary school teachers, and three high school teachers. The district still needs to fill five positions across the three campuses, which Darilek said should be complete at the August meeting.
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