Goliad Middle School was recognized for its scores in reading/English language arts, mathematics and for ranking in the top 25 percent statewide in student progress.
Goliad ISD Superin-tendent Emilio Vargas received the report cards last month and will send copies of the results home with each student this semester.
“I have mixed emotions with the results,” Vargas said. “There are some things we see that still need a lot of work. We met the TEA standards. Nothing was a deficiency. That’s the good news. But just meeting the standard is like making a C. You’re passing, but you’re not knocking the top off of it. We want to knock the top off of it.”
Goliad High School students received a 74 in student achievement with 50 being the target score, a 20 in student progress with 17 being the target, a 64 in closing performance gaps with 55 being the target and an 82 in postsecondary readiness with 75 being the target.
GMS students scored well over the 50 target in student achievement with an 86. They had a 48 in student progress with 29 the target and a 79 in closing performance gaps with 55 the target.
“They did a tremendous job,” Vargas said of the middle school. “They were in the top 25 percent, but they weren’t at the bottom of that top 25 percent, they were tied for No. 1 in the top 25 percent of student progress.”
Goliad Intermediate School students had a 73 in student achievement with 50 the target, a 43 in student progress with 30 the target and a 70 in closing performance gaps with 55 the target.
“One of our main areas of focus is how we are handling the special education program and wanting to put more emphasis on students who are struggling,” Vargas said. “Our plan is to place more emphasis on the early grade levels. We have to make up as many deficiencies as we can there or we’re in catch-up mode from there on.”