Awards given, STAAR scores discussed at board meeting on Sept. 14
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By Thomas Rousseau
The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 14 opened with warm greetings and a small crowd shuffling in as the sky grew dark on a Monday evening.
Coppell High School math teacher Jessica Caviness was recognized for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, along with the Bonnie Campbell Hill National Teacher Literacy Award going to Cynthia Alaniz, the librarian at Cottonwood Creek Elementary. Lori Vincenzo, Town Center Elementary first grade language arts teacher, was announced to be a Region 10 and State Finalist Teacher of The Year.
“I love Coppell; I love teaching here; you guys have given me so much support, so many resources thank you for everything,” Caviness said. “I think the math department is doing some great things and I would like for all of you to come see it.”
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. Caviness was nominated in February 2013. Caviness, receiving the award, visited the White House and participated in an award ceremony.
STAAR test results from last year were discussed and compared with those of previous years. Algebra I saw a slight increase of scores both satisfactory and advanced. Biology recovered from a dip in scores during 2014. English I scores rose in all categories.
English II rose in satisfactory test scores but experienced a drop in the percentage of those who scored advanced. U.S. History scores rose dramatically in the satisfactory and advanced sections. In 2012, 10 percent of students scored advanced as compared to 2015’s 43 percent.
The Texas Education Agency’s request for maximum class size exception was granted. Increasing the 22 students to one teacher limit by one student. This was a result of several elementary schools having classes with 23 students that were rated as overcrowded.
“At this particular snapshot, every section was one student over, or 23 students, in each any every section,” Coppell ISD Assistant Superintendent Sid Grant said.