BELLS, TX -- The STAAR test results are back in, and the results are bleak.
Officials in Austin judged ninth-graders scores by the final standards and only 41 percent would have passed biology, 39 would have passed algebra.
But here in Texoma, School districts as a whole did fairly well. In fact Bells ISD did better Texas' average score.
"We knew that we wouldn't fair as well on the STAAR testing as we did with the TAKS test. But there will be phase in standards, and even with those, we still feel pretty good about where we are, we've been working to increase the rigor in our classrooms," said Tricia Meek, Bells Independent School District Assistant Superintendent.
The end-of-term results for high school students are the only ones back so far. Grades 3 through 8 have not been determined yet.