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Test scores higher than reported

By Jason Cochran | Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I hesitate to write a response to correct the data that was published in a recent article. I know firsthand that mistakes can happen. However, in addition to our STARR EOC results and the results of our AP exams being very positive for DHS, there are two reasons I would like the correct information to be known. Those reasons are the teachers and the students.

With 209 students taking the Algebra 1 EOC (the largest in Wise County) and 89 AP exams taken, the efforts of the students and the teachers need to be celebrated. Especially when they were reported to be in the 70s for Algebra 1. Knowing that the passing standard EOC will continue to increase in the years to come, we were very pleased to have an actual passing score of 90 percent on the Algebra 1 EOC.

Additionally, in math, our AP scores were outstanding. We had four students take the Calculus AP exam in which they all scored 5s (the highest possible score). The students testing in AP Statistics scored an average of 3.5, up from 2.8 last year. As for the other seven content areas we tested in AP, the students at DHS increased their scoring average in each one, earning many credits toward college. The students and teachers deserve a huge pat on the back.

This has been an extremely difficult year transitioning from TAKS to EOC for all schools. Congratulations to all the educators and students in Wise County!

Parents, thank you for your patience and support as we work through this transition. Students, know that the bar has been raised but that you will all step up and be successful.

Teachers, the state has asked you to do more with less, and you continue to put your blood, sweat, tears and heart into every child you come in contact with. To say thanks is not enough.

God bless, and I hope your summer is going well.

Jason Cochran
Decatur High School Principal

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