Middle Schools lead dramatic turnaround on initial STAAR scores

Middle Schools lead dramatic turnaround on initial STAAR scores
Posted on 06/03/2016

WACO, Texas  –  Waco ISD’s middle schools led the way showing significant improvement in eighth-grade reading and math results for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program.

All five Waco middle schools got a passing grade for eighth-grade reading, led by G.W. Carver, whose students scored a 66, a 50 percent increase from the year before.

“We have a school community that is all in – no excuses,” said G.W. Carver Principal Alonzo McAdoo, who is proud of the results but expects more improvement.  “Teachers here are willing to give all it takes to make this a success.”

Cesar Chavez (79) and Indian Spring (73) also passed after failing to score the minimum 60 points last year.   Lake Air (87) and Tennyson (84) middle schools led the way in reading results.

In eighth-grade math, the turnaround was just as dramatic.  In 2015, four of the five campuses failed, but this year the district was just one student shy of having all five middle schools make a passing grade. 

At the elementary school level, five of the 15 campuses failed fifth-grade reading on the STAAR test last year, but that number decreased to four this year.  In fifth-grade math, the results were even more pronounced.  Only two of the 15 campuses did not make the grade after six schools failed the year before.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work on behalf of staff and students these scores clearly point out,” said Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain.  “Behind every one of these numbers is a child and the hopes and dreams of a parent.”

District officials explained this was only a small snapshot of the STAAR results, and more from grades 3,4,6,7 and 8 are expected in mid-June.

“We anticipate seeing the upward trend in scores to continue due to the hard work of content specialists, campus administrators and MOST importantly our teachers,” according to District Assessment Coordinator Tami Wiethorn.

 Brooke Avenue, J.H. Hines, South Waco and Alta Vista elementary schools, along with G.W. Carver and Indian Spring middle schools, are focusing on getting to acceptable state academic standards. 

Graphics illustrating the fifth- and eighth-grade scores are posted below.

5th Grade Math5th Grade Reading8th Grade Math8th Grade Reading