By TODD GLASSCOCK
Overall, Mineral Wells schools' test scores reveal the district's students have ranked at or above state testing levels.
“It appears what we are doing works,” said Carey Carter, Mineral Wells ISD director of secondary education assessment and accountability during Tuesday's regular meeting of the MWISD School Board of Trustees.
She presented the board with a summary of test scores for both the STAAR and TELPAS tests.
STAAR test scores, which assess basic skills for third through eighth grades, showed average and above average marks in areas such as reading, English 1, biology and U.S. history, she said. English 1 was 3 percent above the state average of 72 percent.
TELPAS, which measures proficiency with English, showed strong percentages of progress in key grades with 69 percent progress in first grade and 67 percent progress in seventh grade, she said.
She said the district's goal now with testing is to continue to improve and “be better than the state.”
The board also heard a presentation from architect Ross Rivers on the progress of a new Lamar Elementary school building.
He told the board that several bids have come in for the project. “We're comfortable the numbers are competitive.”
Now that bids are in, the district can begin contract negotiations, said MWISD Superintendent Gail Haterius.
“We want to get the best price,” she said.
The new building will feature a “classic-contemporary” design, ample lighting, flexible spaces and enclosed hallways.
In addition, the board recognized Dashawn Hicks and Juvaree Sutton for their track and field prowess for state track and field results for Region 1-3A.
Hicks, a recent Mineral Wells graduate, made his fourth trip to the UIL state track meet with a 10.61 second 100-meter dash in the regional finals. Sutton ran a personal best of 39.53 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles, placing second at regionals, and qualified for his first trip to the state meet.