WPISD canvasses election results

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Russell Hiler was sworn into office for his first full three-year term during Tuesday night’s WPISD Board of Trustees meeting. Hiler also took the oath of office in 2016, finishing out an unexpired one-year term.

The Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees had a busy night May 9, hearing a series of reports on preliminary STAAR results and flooring issues at the high school, making a change to the way the district calculates GPA and class rankings while also welcoming in a familiar face as a new board member.

Following the School Health Advisory Committees annual report, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability Barbie McMath regarding preliminary 5th and 8th grade STAAR reading and math test scores.

McMath explained that fifth grade math and reading scores had increased by 5 percent over last year, and eighth grade math scores had climbed 10 percent while reading scores for the grade went down by 5 percent.

Using the state’s growth index, which measures how students performed versus their expected scores, 21 percent of fifth graders scored higher in reading than expected, 31 percent of fifth graders exceeded expected growth in math, 24 percent of eighth graders exceeded the expected growth in reading and 8 percent of eighth graders exceeded expected growth in math.

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