Steady progress is the name of the game at most Navarro County school districts when it comes to improving scores on the state standardized test, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, better known as the TAKS.

The numbers could still change, because some students who started school late will be disqualified, while others who left early will also be taken out of the averages.

“It appears our elementary scores will once again result in our having some recognized campuses,” said Corsicana Superintendent Don Denbow. “These are preliminary scores, though, we just don’t know yet.”

Corsicana’s focus, like most schools in the state, will need to be on secondary math and science, which are the lowest scores for most Texas students. Passing rates for high school students across Texas are in the 50s and 60s in 9th and 10th grade math and sciences.

Public school students in third through 11th grade have to take the test, and students in 3rd, 5th and 8th grades have to pass the English and math portions to be promoted to the next grade level. At the 11th grade level, the test is called the “exit level” test, because students must pass all portions in order to graduate from high school. Students who didn’t pass the tests may retake the exams this summer, and 11th graders who haven’t passed their TAKS tests will have four more opportunities to pass before their 2009 graduation date.

Frost had a good year, particularly at the high school level, where the juniors passed math, social studies and science at 100 percent. Freshmen and sophomores lagged behind those passing rates, but that’s a state-wide trend in those grades.

Kerens saw a few outstanding improvements this year — in fifth grade reading, and high school reading, English Language Arts, and math — but most improvements were slight, with one or two percentage points.

“The high school did better, math in particular. At the high school, we showed increases in every class in math,” said Kerens Superintendent Kevin Stanford. “As a district, it’s steady, but I’m impatient. I was hoping for dynamic results.”

Kerens is also intent on trying something new next year with the optional flexible schedule, which will allow high school students with good grades, decent attendance and who pass the TAKS an early release, Stanford said.

“Hopefully, it will provide some incentive to work a little longer,” Stanford said.

Blooming Grove has been working with a science collaborative with the Region 12 Service Center which is credited for helping boost scores on high school science tests, and next year, intends to join a math collaborative, said Mike Baldree, Blooming Grove Superintendent.

“Anytime you’re not at 100 percent in every area, you look for ways to improve it,” Baldree said. “If they’re going to keep score, 100s are the best. Our goal is an exemplary district.”

Eighth grade scores were up statewide this year, reflecting the fact that eighth graders now have to pass the reading and math portion of the test in order to be promoted to ninth grade, according to the Texas Education Agency. That incentive was reflected in local grades, as well. For students who didn’t pass, the 8th grade math test will be given again on July 1, and the reading test on July 2.

Sixth graders across the state did well, with 91 percent passing the reading test, and 80 percent passing the math test, according to TEA preliminary figures. Seventh graders passed the writing test with 90 percent passing. Ninth graders passed the reading test with 84 percent, but only 60 percent passed the math test on the first try.

“Our test results show that this has been a year of strong and steady growth for millions of our students,” said Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jacobs@corsicanadailysun.com





State releases preliminary TAKS scores

Preliminary results from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) from around Navarro County, by grade and subject for the last three years. Scores are shown as percentage passing for 2006/2007/2008.



County elementary schools and state average:

Grade/subject B.Grove Dawson Frost Kerens Rice State

3rd/reading 95/93/98 94/94/97 92/90/100 87/81/86 87/92/91 90/89/88

3rd/math 77/83/76 81/81/97 85/86/67 56/79/80 89/88/80 83/82/83

4th/reading 85/86/81 90/79/86 95/92/91 78/83/78 82/86/75 83/84/84

4th/math 84/88/86 87/79/80 79/80/82 72/88/72 79/96/88 84/86/86

4th/writing 91/94/97 83/90/100 74/96/95 97/85/89 87/94/81 92/91/93

5th/reading 81/86/93 74/85/97 88/90/78 65/63/93 71/86/91 81/83/92

5th/math 87/89/91 73/94/94 94/86/82 67/90/92 94/90/91 82/86/83

5th/science 69/91/82 64/79/87 53/71/67 53/65/71 74/82/77 76/78/81



Corsicana elementary schools:

Grade/subject Bowie Carroll Fannin Navarro

3rd/reading 97/92/99 75/87/96 76/89/95 78/77/89

3rd/math 92/95/95 58/65/93 51/78/86 74/71/81

4th/reading 90/94/96 73/78/84 81/70/77 77/79/81

4th/math 96/99/96 72/90/86 74/81/86 76/91/90

4th/writing 99/98/98 89/84/94 92/92/88 94/87/89

5th/reading 82/90/96 77/95/86 65/82/91 72/85/88

5th/math 95/99/98 70/97/92 70/86/86 66/93/88

5th/science 84/95/96 67/77/80 67/85/77 64/78/82



Intermediate, middle, and high schools (all):

Grade/subject B.Grove Corsicana Dawson Frost Kerens Rice State

6th/reading 98/93/91 87/92/97 94/99/100 99/99/100 97/97/91 97/88/95 92/92/91

6th/math 95/76/85 67/80/95 86/70/100 95/94/100 81/84/71 68/81/72 81/80/80

7th/reading 87/91/86 72/78/69 85/88/100 79/89/71 89/92/95 77/84/75 80/85/84

7th/math 76/85/74 63/65/63 63/65/95 79/79/85 63/90/80 77/87/84 71/77/76

7th/writing 99/98/84 86/88/NA 85/97/100 89/89/95 94/95/93 81/87/85 91/93/90

8th/reading 80/93/92 79/87/89 77/97/100 87/83/94 88/96/98 93/93/96 84/89/95

8th/math 67/79/68 64/63/71 31/47/70 69/67/94 79/86/85 80/81/80 68/73/75

8th/soc.stud 80/84/90 80/82/89 88/99/91 93/87/94 79/98/98 91/90/90 84/87/90

8th/science 67/77/70 45/64/53 23/69/70 77/83/94 76/86/73 73/76/60 63/71/68

9th/reading 90/89/80 87/84/84 70/83/79 92/97/95 95/78/88 90/91/92 88/87/84

9th/math 72/67/56 45/39/60 30/40/55 73/78/85 46/68/71 59/71/65 58/61/60

10th/ELA 87/88/91 87/85/89 86/69/93 94/91/88 87/79/97 92/71/89 86/85/86

10th/math 63/56/54 52/53/56 46/34/37 82/82/80 51/45/61 65/63/53 62/65/63

10th/soc.stud 92/88/77 83/85/NA 77/72/81 99/99/95 67/83/73 97/84/100 84/87/88

10th/science 66/31/66 65/55/62 58/38/31 94/91/84 55/45/57 64/42/59 61/59/64

11th/ELA 86/98/97 91/91/92 80/90/93 96/82/90 97/98/82 97/91/97 89/91/90

11th/math 85/81/81 73/74/76 80/75/57 88/99/100 66/78/87 36/83/79 78/81/79

11th/soc.stud 97/94/97 89/94/NA 99/99/83 99/99/100 81/93/92 97/97/100 94/94/95

11th/science 87/83/88 69/79/85 80/70/52 88/94/100 61/73/67 63/89/76 76/78/80



Abbreviations: ELA is English Language Arts.

Soc.Stud is Social Studies.



Sources: Local school districts and Texas Education Agency. Mildred Independent School District did not provide scores.

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