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Eagle Ford: Stockdale students struggle with writing
Students in the Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) are struggling to meet writing standards. During the Dec. 9 Stockdale ISD board of trustees meeting, the trustees heard this trend was not only compared at the district level, but at the state level also, for students in the third through eleventh grades.
School districts across the state use different reports to monitor the level of student performance. One report, the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System, gives educators insight into areas where students are not meeting state requirements for the grade level being evaluated. This information is given on a state, regional, and school district level for comparison.
After the meeting, Stockdale ISD Superintendent Paul Darilek said Stockdale’s writing score of 62 percent is down from last year’s 72 percent. This reflects the state trend, down to 63 percent this year from 67 percent last year.
A new Academic Excellence Indicator System report, now known as the Texas Academic Performance Report, is anticipated in January that will reflect more accurate numbers, Darilek said.
In response, the trustees set a goal of 80 percent or better in writing for the District Improvement Plan. Goals for other subjects include reading, currently at 79 percent, to be raised to 80 percent. For mathematics, the current level of 83 percent was increased to 85 percent.
In other action, the trustees:
•Revised the 2013-14 district calendar to reflect a half-day off on Jan. 10. This will allow the school district to host the junior high UIL event.
•Requested a maximum class size exceptions waiver for the kindergarten class. Darilek said the district currently has three kindergarten classes and exceeds the maximum class size by one student. The state’s ratio for the elementary level is set at 22 students to one teacher.
•Heard that all but one teacher is ranked as “highly qualified.” It is the goal of the board of trustees for all teachers to be 100 percent highly qualified; the remaining teacher is working to reach this status.
•Heard from Darilek that the track complex construction is on schedule.
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