The passing rates of Pasadena ISD students on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test continue to show improvement in many areas, with scores surpassing the state average in several subjects.
Along with the gains, there were several areas where the district is looking to strengthen its performance, including science and secondary math.
“This year’s TAKS results were mixed. We showed some strong progress in most areas, but the results also indicate a few areas of significant need,” Superintendent Kirk Lewis said. “Each year we set a goal for continuous improvement in all areas. While we did some good things across the district, we didn’t see the improvement we expect to see. Our principals and teachers are already analyzing the data and preparing for next year.”
The best overall showing appeared on the third grade reading portion of the test where 95 percent of students passed the exam, as compared to 89 percent statewide. Students also continued to show their strength on the fourth grade writing exam with a 95 percent passing rate, while their 92 percent of their counterparts around the state passed the test.
Scores on the eleventh grade portion of the reading and language arts TAKS were also above the state average, as 90 percent of Pasadena ISD students passed the test. Figures show that 88 percent of 11th graders statewide passed this portion of the test.
The district’s sixth graders excelled on the reading TAKS with a 90 percent passing rate, which hovered around the state average of 91 percent. Students showed a significant increase in 10th grade reading scores with 85 percent passing the test, as compared to 76 percent passing last year.
On the social studies exam, performance remained steady with 92 percent of 11th grade students passing. Scores on the eighth and 10th grade social studies test dropped slightly over last year, with 81 and 80 percent passing, respectively.
The district also showed an increase in the number of commended students in two categories. According to results, there was an eight percent rise in the number of students achieving the commended level on the seventh grade writing portion of the exam. In addition, results showed a seven percent increase in the number of commended students in the third grade reading category.
Students were less successful on the math and science portions of the exam, as 47 percent of freshmen passed the math test, along with 51 percent of 10th grade students. Third grade math scores remained the same compared to last year, with 87 percent of students mastering this area of the test.
In science, fifth grade students showed a seven percent increase over last year with a passing rate of 75 percent. Scores in 10th and 11th grade science dipped to 52 and 73 percent of students passing.