Texas Junior High School Makes Extensive Gains on the TAKS
Diboll Junior High, Diboll, Texas (TX)
DETAILS: School Profile: 430 students in grades 6-8; Demographics: Rural, Title I, Free/reduced lunch: 68%, Mobility: 23%, Limited English proficiency: 20%; Race/Ethnicity: Black/African American: 14%, Hispanic/Latino: 52%, White: 34%; Measure: Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS); Duration: 2003-2005.
RESULTS: Since Diboll Junior High implemented Renaissances reading, math, and writing progress-monitoring tools in 2003, the percentage of students who Met Standards and achieved Commended Performance on the TAKS has increased considerably in all subject areas and all grades. In addition, the school received an accountability rating of Recognized by the Texas Education Agency. The school also achieved the following Renaissance Certifications: 24 of 26 classrooms reached Model Reading Certification, the school achieved both Reading Model and Master School, and the school library attained both Model and Master Library certifications. The school also reported fewer discipline issues as a result of the implementation.
REPORTING EDUCATOR: Brent Hawkins, principal.
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