Skip to comments.Evacuees in Texas score poorly on math tests
Posted on 04/28/2006 4:24:49 PM PDT by Ellesu
AUSTIN, Texas -- Math scores for fifth-grade students displaced to Texas after last year's hurricanes are lagging significantly, mirroring similar low scores in reading.
Just 45 percent of the 2,396 fifth-graders who enrolled in Texas schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita passed the math portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, according to the Texas Education Agency.
Statewide, 81 percent of Texas fifth-graders passed the April 4 math exam. Students must pass the test before they can advance to sixth grade.
Officials blame students' low scores on New Orleans' poor schools, the trauma of being abruptly uprooted from their homes, and the possibility some children were put in the wrong grade after arriving in Texas with no records.
Students can take the exam as many as three times. Students had another chance to take the test on April 19, but those results are not yet available.
On the reading portion of the exam, which was given in February, 46 percent of displaced fifth-graders passed compared to 80 percent of all students.
The reading test was also given to third-graders; only 58 percent of evacuees passed compared with 89 percent of all students.
Under state law, children who fail the test must be given intensive remediation.
In my line of work I enter a lot of homes. I'm handy with a computer and because of my job many people will ask me for advice or troubleshooting help with their computer. Well one time I had a service call at a NO public school teacher's house. While there I fixed her main problem and she asked me to help her set up her printer. So I obliged as I knew it'd only take 5 minutes. Well as I'm setting it up she's telling me about how Corey Miller (C-Murder) is a nice boy and his family is nice people. I'm just doing my thing on her computer not paying it much mind. I finish up my work and she goes to test the printer out by typing a sentence and printing it.
The sentence read, "The egg is is good to eat".
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