Admissions, TAKS scores above state average

Information about test scores and comparisons with state and regional districts was presented to Frenship Independent School District board members at a meeting Monday evening.

Darryl Flusche told board members the Academic Excellence Indicator System report from the Texas Education Agency is smaller than in past years because last year was the first year of STAAR testing, or State of Texas Assessments on Academic Readiness.

Bennett, Crestview, North Ridge and Oak Ridge elementary schools were rated exemplary. Westwind and Willow Bend elementary schools were rated as recognized schools, as were Terra Vista Middle School and Frenship Middle School. Frenship High School was academically acceptable.

Board Member Kelley Grimes asked why Heritage Middle School was not listed.

Flusche said since HMS was in its first year of school last year, it was not included in the AEIS report.

Results for 10th- and 11th-graders on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS, were in the report. Only freshmen and younger students will be taking the newer STAAR test.

Average results for Frenship sophomores and juniors on the TAKS tests were higher than the state and regional results in every subject tested, Flusche said.

The AEIS report showed that Frenship High School students also performed above the state average on the SAT and ACT tests.

Flusche said Frenship’s ACT and SAT scores are holding steady, while SAT scores are falling statewide.

The report also showed that fewer FHS students took Advanced Placement tests than the state average. But for the first year, of those who took Advanced Placement tests, FHS students were above the state average in the number of them who scored a “3” or higher on AP tests.

Board members took no action on the AEIS report, but did unanimously approve the results of an audit performed by Davis Kinard and Co.

Accountant Jeromy Stephens was at the board meeting to discuss an audit.

Stephens said the district’s financial statements “present fairly” its financial status.

“In other words, it is a clean report,” he said.

Board Member David R. Miller said the audit is one of the best reports he has seen since coming to the board.

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