HHS students fall under state averages in 3 of 4 test scores

Houston High School students were below the state average in three of four areas of standardized tests administered in the spring of 2016.

The data, released from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, showed HHS students scoring above their state peers in English but below them in social studies, science and math in the Missouri Assessment Program. Houston also finished at or near the bottom of conference schools in all four areas.

Houston tested best in English as 68.8 percent of students met the threshold for proficiency. The score was the lowest among conference schools.

In social studies, Houston fell just below the state average of 63 percent with 60 percent of its students meeting the standard. Houston finished above three conference schools — Willow Springs, Ava and Mountain Grove — in the category.

Houston was 20 percentage points below the state average in science with 47.1 percent of students reaching proficient scores. The district was second-to-last in the conference, finishing three percentage points ahead of Mountain View-Birch Tree.

Just under one-third of Houston students were proficient in mathematics. Houston’s score of 32.4 percent was well below the state average of 48.6. It was the lowest score in the conference by eight percentage points.

Houston Middle School students scored highest in English (47.5) and lowest in math (29.1) and science (21.5). Houston Elementary School students also had their highest scores in English (60.7) and finished lower in math (44.8) and science (37.5).

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