From the Office of State Senator John Carona

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2004
CONTACT: Julie Taylor, (512) 463-0116

STATE SENATOR JOHN CARONA APPLAUDS THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF DISTRICT 16 ON GAINS IN OVERALL PERCENTAGE PASSING SCORES ON 2004 TAKS TEST

AUSTIN - "From the 2002-2003 school year to the 2003-2004 school year, every independent school district represented in Senate District 16 experienced commendable gains on the percentage of passing rates on the TAKS Test, said Senator Carona, adding I am very proud of the achievements of the students and the hard work of the teachers and parents in preparing the students for the test."

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test is a tool to measure learning and to concentrate assistance to students and schools in need of improvement. The test is administered once yearly from third grade through eleventh grade. The school districts comprising Senate District 16 include: Dallas ISD, Garland ISD, Highland Park ISD, Mesquite ISD, and Richardson ISD. According to data collected by the Texas Education Agency, every school district in Senate District 16 experienced a range of 3-13% increase on the percentage of students passing the TAKS- when comparing those results from the 2002-2003 school year to the 2003-2004 school year.

Senate District 16 superseded the overall statewide percentage of students who passed all of the TAKS tests. The statewide average passing rates range from 49-75 percent passing, compared to Senate District 16 with a range of 54-95 percent passing.

(Senator Carona represents District 16, which includes major portions of central and northeast Dallas County.)

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