Nordheim ISD STAAR results indicate closing ‘COVID gap’

School staff concerned about switch to online testing

By Hans Lammeman

Contributing Writer


Nordheim Independent School District (NISD) students outperformed Region 3 passing rates on a majority of 2022 STAAR and EOC assessments. The district’s new principal said the results were promising but anticipated challenges adapting to state-mandated online testing for the upcoming school year.

First-year NISD Principal Dr. Rick Cardin credited score improvements to small class sizes and a daily study hall period to work closely with students requiring assistance.

“Being in a smaller school district, we’ve got more of a chance for one-on-one remediation,” said Cardin in a July 27 interview. “For tutoring programs and things like that, it helps when your class sizes are small to meet individual students’ needs.”

The district saw year-over-year improved passing rates for ten of the 20 standardized assessments given to students. Cardin believed that the scores indicated a partial comeback from pandemic-related education challenges for the district.

“As far as improvement-wise, we had what I call a COVID gap, which was a year and a half. Basically, the kids were not in full-time school with full-time teachers,” said Cardin.


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