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High school math, science TAKS scores worry Marble Falls school district officials

MARBLE FALLS — While overall scores for Marble Falls school district students showed improvement on Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, high school math and science marks are worrying officials.

The scores are only preliminary at this stage.

"We’re concerned about ninth and 10th grade math and 10th grade science," said Jim Boyle, the Marble Falls Independent School District interim superintendent. "They didn’t perform at the level we expected. But that’s not just us — it’s something districts across the state are still struggling with."

In fact, recent surveys indicate that U.S. students as a whole lag behind their counterparts in other developed nations in math and science.

The Texas Education Agency released the preliminary TAKS results to the district May 26. Boyle said the agency is still compiling data before releasing the final results in August.

The scores determine the academic rankings of schools and are based on several factors, including attendance.

The accountability ratings are exemplary, recognized, acceptable and unacceptable.