Preliminary STAAR results indicate improvement for WISD students


Great news as preliminary STAAR results come in at Whitehouse ISD.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Trampas Bass has received preliminary STAAR results for fifth- and eighth-graders in Whitehouse and the campuses are celebrating.

The STAAR test is the measuring tool used by the state of Texas to determine a school district’s academic success and progress. The STAAR test assesses student’s performance across the four core subject areas utilizing four different categories: Did Not Meet Grade Level, Approaches Grade Level, Meets Grade Level, and Masters Grade Level.

Whitehouse noticed significant improvement across most all tested areas. Perhaps the greatest district and campus gains were noticed at the “Meets Grade Level” and “Masters Grade Level” ratings which indicate that students are performing at higher levels than “Approaches Grade Level.”

”Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our teachers, students, and staff, the district noticed significant gains across the district and even more so at the higher performing levels of “Meets” and “Masters,” Bass stated.

Testing scores showed significant growth at the secondary level as well.

“We are very excited to see the great increases made in 8th-grade math and reading STAAR tests. The teachers, students, and staff have worked very hard collectively to prepare and it is nice to get to see the fruit from our labor. Moving forward, we will not be content but will continue to be diligent in preparing these students for high school, college and their future workplace, ” says Junior High Principal Josh Garred.

Math teachers Rebecca Clements and Kathryn Wimberley believe the impressive gains in 2018 STAAR eighth-grade math scores are due to a variety of opportunities and resources.

“A strong component has been the implementation of double blocking the on-level classes. Students received 90 minutes of math instruction each day. With the additional time, the team has been able to differentiate lessons and accommodate individual student needs through various hands-on interactive lessons that allow the students to participate in discovery based learning,” Clements said.

“Our daily PLCs supported the opportunities to review and disaggregate data to meet the needs of each student,” Wimberley says. “Likewise, on-campus professional development, along with the implementation of TEKS Resource system contributed to continuous growth throughout the students progress and teachers expectations.”

“Our incredible teaching staff has answered the call by uniting their efforts and resources to better serve our students. In the end, we simply want the very best for each student in Whitehouse ISD, and we are driven to provide an academic program that will challenge students regardless of their cognitive ability. The state assessment is not what drives us, but these results reinforce and affirm the high quality of instruction our students are receiving every day in Whitehouse ISD. It is with conviction we say: Above all, students first,” Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran says.

Results from other grade levels will continue to be released. Fifth- and eighth-grade students who did not pass the first administration of the test will have two more opportunities to take the STAAR test. The next testing dates are during the week of May 14-May 18.


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