Lindale Independent School District students collectively exceeded the new state testing averages for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) standardized test.
Lindale student averages in third through eighth grade were higher than the state averages in each of the testing categories of reading, math, writing, science and social studies, the release states.
“I am proud to say that our students performed at a very high level,” Superintendent Stan Surratt said in the release. “Lindale ISD has the reputation of having an exemplary academic standard and the performance level of our students certainly supports this reputation.
In reading, 89 percent of Lindale third-graders passed the test compared to 76 percent for the state, the release states.
Ninety percent of the district’s fourth-graders passed compared to 77 percent for the state.
Eighty-seven percent of fifth-graders passed versus the state’s 77 percent.
The school’s sixth-graders had a passing percentage of 91, higher than the state’s 75 percent.
Seventh-graders passed at a rate of 90 percent and eighth-graders at a rate of 92 percent.
Only Texas fourth and seventh grade students took the writing test, according to release states.
Seventy-four percent of Lindale fourth-graders passed compared to the state’s 71 percent and 88 percent of seventh-graders passed versus the state’s 71 percent.
Seventy-nine percent of Lindale fifth-graders passed as well as 87 percent of eighth-graders.
Eighth-graders were the only students to take the social studies test and the state passing average was 59 percent, the release states.
Lindale’s eighth-grade passing percentage was 79 percent.
In math, the district’s students passed at a percentage of 83 up to 98 percent.
The states averages were between 68 and 77 percent.
The eighth-graders had the highest passing percentage at 98 percent.
“Our teachers and students had a great deal of anxiety over this new state assessment,” the superintendent said. “It was a tougher test and passing percentages were lower across the state. I am very pleased with Lindale’s results. Our teachers go the extra mile to help ensure that every student finds success.”