Overall, Midland ISD saw an increase in performance for fifth and eighth grade students. These are preliminary results and NOT the final data used for accountability purposes bythe Texas Education Agency.
The final numbers will not account for students who have moved into the district throughout the year, as well as other data not available to the district at this time.
Accountability ratings will be released in early August 2011.
Fifth-grade students showed an improvement in both reading and math performance from the 2009-2010 school year. Reading scores jumped from 78 percent to 81 percent proficiency, while math performance experienced growth from 77 percent to 79 percent proficiency.
Eighth-grade students experienced a slight rise in scores from 72 percent to 73 percent in mathematics, but had a decline in reading proficiency, from 88 percent the previous school year to 85 percent this year.
Results for grades 5 and 8 are released earlier than other test results because these students fall under the SSI (Student Success Initiative), which mandates that students not meeting proficiency must be placed on an Accelerated Learning Plan and retested in four weeks. Students must pass the grades 5 and 8 reading and math TAKS in order to advance to the next grade level. Results for this school year incorporate a group of students that previously have not been included in accountability results.
Students who tested on TAKS-Modified are included in the testing results for the 2010-2011 school year.
Elise W. Kail, MISD Executive Director of Accountability, said she expects TAKS performance to only
improve among the students.
“We are expediting learning interventions for these students that need extra assistance for the second test administration, and we look forward to celebrating their success on the second administration in May,” she said.
“Overall we are pleased with the results for this administration,and continue to be delighted with the effort which students and teachers are putting toward success in learning for each and every child.”