NZISD shows major improvements

Posted 7/18/18

North Zulch ISD received their preliminary STAAR test scores for the 2018 school year this week and appear to have showed major improvements in the span of just one academic year.

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NZISD shows major improvements

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North Zulch ISD received their preliminary STAAR test scores for the 2018 school year this week and appear to have showed major improvements in the span of just one academic year.

The scores are not official and an accountability rating has yet to be assigned, but the report stated that North Zulch students came in above the state test scores for their peers in 14 of the 22 tested areas.

91 percent of the tested areas show an increase over the 2017 scores for NZISD with half of the tests showing improvements in the double digits.

“I have not seen this many improvements in a year since I have been an administrator,” said NZISD Superintendent Alan Andrus, who took over the position before the 2017-18 school year. “Even the state mentioned there was a huge jump for us.”

The district’s highest passing percentage came in the End of Course (EOC) exams for Biology and United States History with both grades posting a one hundred percent passing rate. In grades three through eight, the highest passing percentage for the district came in fifth and sixth grade mathematics, with respective scores of 90 and 96.

Students are required to pass five EOC exams to meet graduation requirements and must retake one if they fail. The district saw a decrease of a whopping 72 percent in students who had to retake a test from 2017.

“We have great teachers here who were on the same page this year and they set the bar high,” said Andrus. “I think our students and their expectations were raised a lot.”

The official scores and the district’s accountability rating will be available on August 7.

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