Athens ISD scores 87 on STAAR

Posted on 08/15/2022
Athens ISD scores 87 on STAAR test

Athens ISD scores 87 on STAAR test

 

By Toni Garrard Clay

AISD Communications Coordinator

 

It’s a great day to be a Hornet! For the first time since the pandemic began in 2020, the Texas Education Agency has rated public schools based on how students scored on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — known to most simply as the STAAR test. Athens ISD scored an 87 with a total of 17 distinctions.

“Considering the last two years have been some of the most challenging in the history of public education, that B feels like an A plus,” said AISD Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims. “Students, teachers, staff — everyone — has truly just been pushed to the limit since the pandemic began, and the scores we’ve received are remarkable.”

Broken down individually, scores and distinctions are as follows:

  • Athens ISD — Score: 87; Rating: B; 1 distinction: postsecondary readiness
  • Athens High School — Score: 81; Rating: B; 4 distinctions: English language arts/reading, math, science, and social studies
  • Athens Middle School — Score: 79; Rating: C; 3 distinctions: English language arts/reading, science, and postsecondary readiness
  • Bel Air Elementary — Score: 92; Rating: A; 5 distinctions: English language arts/reading, math, comparative academic growth, postsecondary readiness and comparative closing the gaps
  • Central Athens Elementary — Score: 80; Rating: B; 2 distinctions: science and postsecondary readiness
  • South Athens Elementary — Score: 86; Rating: B; 2 distinctions: postsecondary readiness and comparative closing the gaps

Athens ISD Board President Eugene Buford put his take on the scores succinctly. “The cream has risen to the top,” he said with a laugh. “This is confirmation that everything the board has been told is true. The campuses and the administration are focused on excellence, and it shows.”


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