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TAPR Provides Detailed Look at Waco ISD’s Continuing Transformation

Board of trustees will hold a public hearing on the report Thursday night.

WACO, Texas – In 2017-2018, Waco ISD reduced the number of schools that failed to meet state standards from six to one. Now, the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for 2017-2018 is providing a more detailed look at the data behind that change as well as how the district compares to the rest of the state.

TAPR combines details of academic performance with information about staff, programs and demographics. The Texas Education Agency releases a report annually for each public school campus, district, and education service center region in the state. The agency also produces a statewide report.

TAPR includes a detailed breakdown of the results of 22 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. The percentage of district students scoring at approaches grade level or above increased for 18 of the 22 tests, and the percentage scoring at masters grade level also increased for a majority of the tests.

Overall, the percentage of Waco ISD students scoring at approaches grade level or above for all grades and all subjects tested increased four percentage points from 60% in 2017 to 64% in 2018. That compares to a two-point gain for the state as a whole from 75% to 77%.

“Everything we do is about improving student outcomes,” Dr. A. Marcus Nelson, superintendent, said. “No matter what the standard is outside of Waco, there should be a standard in Waco that is higher. While we aren’t satisfied, the fact that our students’ gains outpaced the state is one sign that we’re heading in the right direction.”

Waco ISD will hold a public hearing to review the TAPR at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Waco ISD Conference Center (115 S. 5th St.). The district report can be found online at