MAYPEARL — Maypearl ISD is setting goals and making improvements for the new academic year.

“We’re focusing on aligning the curriculum to meet the standards for the end-of-course exams and new state test,” Superintendent Ronnie Neal said.

The state has replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test with the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness test. According to the Texas Education Agency, the STAAR tests are more difficult than the TAKS and will not only measure a student’s academic performance, but his or her growth, as well.

Maypearl ISD is working to strengthen its math program to prepare for the end of course exams in algebra I, geometry, biology, chemistry, U.S. history, physics, world geography, English I, algebra II, English II, world history and English III.

Maypearl has “vertical teams” that include teachers in the same subject from each grade level.

“Our vertical teams meet quarterly to talk about concepts and what they can do to help better the flow and continuity of the curriculum across the district,” Neal said.

Another goal for Maypearl ISD is increasing its TEA rating from recognized to exemplary.

“Last year was the first year that the TEA began factoring commended ratings in the sub groups,” Neal said. “We’re working on improving our scores in each of our sub groups to earn the necessary commended ratings.”

Each subject is divided into student groups, which include African-American, Hispanic, white, economically disadvantaged, special education and limited English proficient. To earn a commended rating, 90 percent of the students in each of the student groups must pass the STAAR and EOC tests.

The next regular Maypearl ISD school board meeting is at 6 p.m. Aug. 30, with the board also holding a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. to set the tax rate for the 2011-12 year.

For more information about Maypearl ISD, visit the TxConnect Parent Portal website at https://parent.maypearlisd.org.

Contact Aaron at a.schwaderer@wninews.com or 469-517-1456.