Results are for the first administration of reading exam

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Across the state, students showed marked improvements on the Texas Assessment Of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) reading exam, according to the Texas Education Agency.

This year, 92 percent of eighth-grade students in Texas passed the exam, which is an increase of three percent from one year ago, according to results published by TEA.

Overall, 88 percent of third grade students in Texas passed the reading exam and 83 percent of fifth grade students in the state passed the reading test.

Schools within the Alice Independent School District showed slight decreases over last year's preliminary scores, with the exception of Salazar Elementary, Schallert Elementary and Dubose Intermediate School.

Four elementary schools fell below the third-grade passing rate of 88 percent, including Mary R. Garcia, Hillcrest, Noonan and Saenz elementary schools.

William Adams Middle School came in eight points below the state passing rate at 84 percent.

Salazar saw the largest improvement with a 15 percent increase to 94 percent passing. Schallert saw a one percent increase this year, while Dubose saw a five percent increase over 2007.

The scores represent the first administration of the TAKS reading test this year. Students will be given two more opportunities to pass the exam this year. A passing score is necessary for students to move on to the next grade level.

Palito Blanco Elementary also posted strong third-grade numbers this year, with 95 percent of their students passing during the first test administration.

Agua Dulce ISD third-grade students also posted good scores, with 86 percent passing the TAKS reading test, near the state passing rate of 88 percent.

Orange Grove ISD came away above average in their performances this year on the TAKS reading test. Ninety-three percent of third-grade students passed the test, with 86 percent of fifth-grade students passing, which is above the state rate. And, 96 percent of eighth-grade students at Orange Grove Junior High passed the TAKS reading test.

TAKS Reading Preliminary Results:

State Passing Rates:

Third Grade 88%

Fifth Grade 83%

Eighth Grade 92%

Alice ISD

Mary R Garcia Elementary

Third Grade 78%

Hillcrest Elementary

Third Grade 83%

Noonan Elementary

Third Grade 73%

Saenz Elementary

Third Grade 69%

Salazar Elementary

Third Grade 94%

Schallert Elementary

Third Grade 88%

Dubose

Intermediate School

Fifth Grade 73%

Memorial

Intermediate School

Fifth Grade 54%

William Adams

Middle School

Eighth Grade 84%

La Gloria ISD

Third Grade 79%

Fifth Grade 71%

San Diego ISD

Third Grade 60%

Fifth Grade 66%

Eighth Grade 93%

Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD

Third Grade 95%

Fifth Grade 73%

Eighth Grade 82%

Agua Dulce ISD

Third Grade 86%

Fifth Grade 79%

Eighth Grade 85%

Orange Grove ISD

Third Grade 93%

Fifth Grade 86%

Eighth Grade 96%