By CLINT FOSTER
The Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) was presented to the Mineral Wells ISD School Board in a regular meeting at the District Services Complex, Tuesday night, with mixed results.
Although all schools in the district met the state standard – with the exception of Mineral Wells Academy – MWISD’s test scores were lower than the state and regional average across the board.
According to information presented by Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Director Carey Carter, MWISD’s 11th-grade students scored an average of 89 percent on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test – the state and regional averages were 95 and 95 percent, respectively. The district’s average score for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test was lower as well.
MWISD higher ups were understandably displeased and surprised by the results.
“We need to work on plans for improvement,” School Board President Joe Ruelas said. “I know they have and are working toward that.”
MWISD Superintendent Dr. Gail Haterius said, although she believes standardized testing is not always the best way of evaluating student performance, her she wants to make sure every child in MWISD get the best education possible.
“Now it is up to district and campus leaders to help students and teachers learn how the new tests are compiled and scored, provide resources for teachers to use for student success, and provide the accompanying, appropriate professional development,” she said. “At Mineral Wells ISD we will not be satisfied until each and every child is successful on this new round of state assessments.”
Of the 40 percent of MWISD students that took the SAT or ACT exam, the average scores were 1387 for the SAT (the state average is 1422) and 21.7 for the ACT (state average is 20.5). According to these and other statistics, 50 percent of MWISD students were considered “college ready” at graduation.