Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent Steven Saldivar, center left, addresses the audience at a public meeting at the high school board room Monday evening. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)
Big Spring independent School District officials got what they wanted Monday evening.
The district hosted a public meeting to solicit citizens' input on a variety of issues, and an overflow crowd accepted the invitation.
The major topics of conversation were the district's recent sub-par academic ranking from the Texas Education Agency, and — more importantly to the audience — what the district was going to do to correct the situation.
Along with 87 other school districts in Texas, BSISD was rated “academically unacceptable” by TEA earlier this year, mostly because student scores in critical areas of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) standardized test failed to meet state passage standards.
While stating that students' test scores are only “a piece of the pie” in the educational process, Saldivar said the district will do everything possible to rid itself of the “unacceptable” tag.
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