Under a new and very different state accountability system, Pearland ISD students are doing remarkably well, says Lisa Nixon, director of testing and evaluation for Pearland ISD. Nixon gave a presentation of the most recent set of state testing results to the school board last Tuesday.
All Pearland ISD campuses met the state standard in 2013. In Pearland, 86 percent of campuses earned one of more academic distinctions. “We don’t have exemplary or recognized, but we do have whether we met standard, or improvement required,” she said. “Across Texas, 84 percent of campuses met standard.”
PISD students outperformed the state average in most assessments. Middle results did not include advanced 6th-grade math students who took the 7th-grade test, Nixon said. Still, the district competed closely with neighboring districts in its results. The same thing happens for those 7th-graders who take 8th grade math.
“We do so much accelerated math in Pearland, we kind of get gigged by comparison,” PISD Superintendent John Kelly said.
TAKS and STAAR scores were among the higher results for districts in the Houston area, while an area of focus is EOC, or end-of-course exams, Nixon said. English and particularly writing will be another area of focus, she said.