In spite of the turmoil created by Hurricane Ike, Bridge City students scored well on Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) readings tests for grades three, five and eight – with 96 percent passing the test.

“We are extremely excited about these results,” said Superintendent Jamey Harrison. “We have missed 21 instructional days due to Ike and Gustav, ran a shortened instructional day for several weeks, and used restricted and unfamiliar facilities since the storm. Our kids are living in uncertain settings. Our staff members are living in uncertain settings; and, we are all dealing with tragedies both at home and at work. Despite all of those challenges, our kids and our staff have worked extremely hard to maintain the high academic standards of our district and of our community. I am proud of our entire community for the resiliency it has shown in the face of this disaster. These results are yet another example of that resiliency and determination.”

Third grade students posted the highest passing percentage at 97.3 percent. Fifth grade scored at 96 percent with eighth grade scoring at 93 percent. All of these exceed the standard for achieving an Exemplary Rating, the highest possible rating, from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) which is 90 percent.

“All of these scores are very similar, or higher, than last year. With the challenges that have been created for this school year, we are extremely proud of maintaining and improving our performance from last year,” said Harrison.

Not only did Bridge City students perform exceptionally well at passing the TAKS reading test, many of them performed well enough to earn the rating of “Commended Performance” from TEA. In grades three, five and eight, 47 percent achieved “Commended Performance.”

Gina Mannino, Bridge City ISD executive director of curriculum and instruction, said the district is focusing on excellence: “We are certainly very pleased that so many students met the passing standard. I am exceptionally proud, though, that we continue to see more and more kids earning commended performance recognition. We are focusing and pushing toward excellence for all kids, not just minimum standards. These scores and the large numbers of students earning high marks speaks very well for our students and for our teachers and staff.”