LISD sees improvements in STAAR scores
Longview ISD saw gains in 10 of the 17 areas that were assessed in grades 3-8 on the STAAR test when compared to the 2015 district scores. When compared to the state results for STAAR, LISD scored above or met the state average in 6 of the 17 areas.
"We will continue to provide teachers with meaningful professional development in order to close the performance gaps of students at all campuses," said Latitia Wilson, Director of Research, Planning, and Accountability.
Wilson said LISD has improved in some areas of STAAR test performance, but more improvement is needed.
"It goes without saying that we are not where we would like to be," she said. "At the same time, we're continuing to see progress in various areas. So we're optimistic about where we can go from here."
LISD students scored slightly higher than the state average on fourth grade writing (+2%), fourth grade reading (+3%), seventh grade reading (+1%), fourth grade math (+2%), and seventh grade math (+2%). Students met the state average on eighth grade reading. Sixth grade reading (-7%), fifth grade math (-7%) and science (-8%), and eighth grade science (-8%) and social studies (-6%) had the biggest performance gap when compared to the state average.
Although the state raised the STAAR passing standards for 2016, grade 4 reading (10%), grade 8 reading (11%), grade 4 math (12%), grade 7 math (11%), grade 8 math (12%), grade 8 science (11%), and grade 8 social studies (10%) saw double-digit gains when compared to the scores for LISD in 2015.
LISD met or exceeded the percentage of students scoring at the Advanced Level on 8 of the 17 areas that were assessed on the 2016 STAAR; whereas, in 2015 LISD met or exceeded 5 of the 17 areas.
Individual campus results were mixed.
Hudson PEP exceeded the state average in all areas, Johnston-McQueen exceeded the state average in grades 3 and 4 reading, grades 3 and 4 math, and grade 4 writing; Ned E. Williams exceeded in grades 3 and 4 reading, grades 3, 4, and 5 math, grade 4 writing, and grade 5 science; and South Ward met the state average in grade 4 math.
Forest Park met the state average in grade 6 math; Foster met or exceeded the state average in grades 6, 7, and 8 reading, grade 7 math, grade 7 writing, and grade 8 social studies; and Judson met or exceeded the state average in grades 7 and 8 reading, grades 7 and 8 math, and grade 7 writing.