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Benbrook students beat STAAR exam average

03/28/2013 11:28 PM

03/29/2013 7:10 AM

BENBROOK -- Students who attend Fort Worth school district campuses within the city of Benbrook outpaced their counterparts across the state on the new standardized test at most grades, a district official said Thursday night.

Third graders at Westpark Elementary School, for example, achieved a 99 percent passing rate on the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness exam last spring. The state average passing rate was 76 percent.

Michael Sorum, Fort Worth school district's deputy superintendent for leadership, learning and student support, gave a report on academic achievement at a joint meeting of the Fort Worth school board and the Benbrook City Council.

Students struggled in some areas, particularly on the ninth-grade English exam.

Students at Western Hills High had a 34 percent passing rate on the writing portion of the test and 52 percent passing rate on the reading exam

"We have implemented aggressive strategies to address the concerns in the reading and writing test," he said, noting that he expects scores to improve significantly on the 2013 spring test.

The annual joint meeting was at Benbrook Middle School, which opened in 2011. School administrators outlined a draft of the school district's five-year plan for improvement and showed a video. City officials gave a report on residential development.

Four campuses in the Fort Worth school district are in Benbrook -- Benbrook Elementary, Westpark Elementary, Benbrook Middle School and Western Hills High School.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326

Twitter: @jessamybrown

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