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TISD Officials Discuss State's Report Card

The state report card for Tyler ISD has some good news and some bad.

TISD's attendance and graduation rates, and TAKS test numbers all improved. However, the latest numbers do show a slight increase in the number of dropouts. The district's biggest concern is the big drop in the number of students taking the SAT or ACT. In 2002, only 52 percent of graduating seniors took the SAT or ACT, compared to 62 percent in the state. In 2003, that number dropped to just 48 percent in TISD compared to 62 percent statewide. The number of students who passed the tests also dropped.

"We want to prepare them the best we can," said TISD Superintendent Dr. David Simmons, "We also want to educate our parents and our students on the importance and the need to take those exams when they get close to getting out of high school."

The district is working with the Princeton Review Board, a test preparation group, to offer more SAT and ACT prep for students and teachers.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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