By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ
The district’s total value has increased from $812,992,753 for the 2010-2011 school year to $819,631,496 for the 2011-2012 school year, an increase of $6,638,743. Previously, the district’s total value had seen an increase of $20,827,308 from the $792,165,445 for the 2009-2010 school year.
The $6,638,743 increase in total value is the smallest increase in several years.
The report shows an increase in attendance from 95.1 percent for the 2009-2010 school year to 95.3 percent for the 2010-2011 school year, compared to the state average of 95.2 percent in the 2009-2010 school year to 95.7 percent for the 2010-2011 school year.
The dropout rate for grades 7 through 12 differ slightly from those of Region 1 and the State. The 2010-2011 dropout rate for the district is 1.3 percent, decreasing from 3.2 percent the previous year. Region 1 saw its dropout rate increase from 1.7 percent in the 2009-2010 school year to 2.4 percent in the 2010-2011 school year; the State also saw its dropout rate increase from 1.7 percent to 2.6 percent.
The percentage of students who graduated in Recommended/Distinguished in 2011 was 92.2 percent, decreasing from 93 percent in 2010. These numbers indicate that the district is graduating more students under the said programs than the average for Region 1, 90.8 percent in 2011, and the State, 80.1 percent in 2011.
The percentage of students enrolled in Advanced Courses and Dual Enrollment courses saw a slight decrease from 27.8 percent in 2010 to 27.5 percent in 2011.
The Spring 2012 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) results for grades 11 and 12 show a passing percentage of 87 percent in Reading/ELA, 76 percent in Math, 78 percent in Science and 92 percent in Social Studies. The results were lower in each subject compared to the Region 1 average and the State average.
The 2012 results for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) indicated that, in the Reading portion of the test, 64 percent passed in third grade, 64 percent in fourth, 67 percent in fifth, 67 percent in sixth, 64 percent in seventh and 70 percent in eighth. The Math STAAR results showed 55 percent passing for third grade, 59 percent for fourth, 59 percent for fifth, 64 percent for sixth, 55 percent for seventh and 67 percent for eighth. The Writing portion of the exam showed 70 percent passing for fourth grade and 64 percent for seventh grade. The Science results show 62 percent passing for fifth grade and 67 percent passing for 8th grade. The Social Studies results showed 41 percent passing for eighth grade.
Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón said the results were not official but those of a benchmark STAAR test to help give students and teachers a better understanding of what is to come.
“In almost every subject the district was either at region level or slightly below region level,” Limón said. “All of us in the region are in the same boat. We’re going to take what we learned in the benchmark year, and use it to ensure that our scores will be improving.”
When asked about what he attributed the decrease in dropouts within the district, Limón credited the Gateway Academy and the district’s ability to locate students who have decided to leave school.
Read this story in the Feb. 24 edition of the San Benito News, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.