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STARR testing in Texas a challenge for Texarkana schools

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Texas Education Agency's report card says Texarkana schools did not meet minimum requirements Texas Education Agency's report card says Texarkana schools did not meet minimum requirements
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STARR testing in Texas has proven to be a challenge for campuses across the state. According to the Texas Education Agency's report card, four schools in the Texarkana, Texas ISD did not meet minimum standards. School officials say they've been working all year to address the scores and are confident students will do better this spring.

TISD officials say they've had their report card since this summer. Four campuses received an improvement required score. Those campuses include: Dunbar, Highland Park, Westlawn Elementary Schools and the TISD Virtual Academy.

Superintendent Paul Norton says they've been training staff on the new standards and re-alignment process all year.

"We continue to address each kid's individual needs. We continue to work on increasing the rigor at all of our campuses across the board to continue to ensure that all of our students are successful."

Norton says the new accountability system that grades schools is based on averages and doesn't focus on the individual child. Three elementary campuses were re-aligned last year to help improve student performance. Norton says there are 90 more kids in their pre-k program.

"Once we have that strong foundation, we believe their assessments will be stronger as they come up through the system."

Since the agency has released the format of the test, Norton says their educators and students feel more confident about taking the rigorous test this spring.

"With our kids we want to make sure they're comfortable when they walk into the testing environment by having those test available to us to review. Now, we feel like we've been able to instruct the kids in a way where they'll be more comfortable on the state assessment."

Four other schools in the Texarkana area did not meet minimum standards. They include DeKalb High School in Bowie County. Also, Atlanta Middle School, Queen City High School and Linden-Kindare High School in Cass County.

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