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Westlake Academy Scores Big on Standardized Testing

Sep 27, 2017 07:59AM ● By Audrey Sellers

When it comes to test scores, students at Westlake Academy are making impressive marks. Students surpass both national and global averages for test scores, with the greatest gain in STAAR and ECO tests, where more than 50 percent of students score at a mastery level.

Over the past few years, the Academy has been dedicated to improving its curriculum alignment between Texas’ educational requirements, the IB and Advanced Placement (AP) to help ensure a strong transcript and a student well prepared for college.

Major gains were also made in AP test scores. AP scholars with honors grew from three to 11 from 2016-2017; AP scholars with distinction grew from two to nine over the last year, and the total number of AP scholars rose from 15 to 32. Forty-three percent of this year’s senior class are AP scholars including senior Brianna Taylor who became the school’s first National AP Scholar.

AP biology, AP macro and microeconomics are now above the global average, and AP world history has had increased participation and performance compared to previous years.

Additionally, the Academy saw major gains in IB test scores proving the school’s theory that IB is for all, and that’s being verified with real data. “IB and AP are coexisting to the benefit of the students because they’re able to build a more robust transcript to get into the more selective colleges,” said Westlake Academy executive director Dr. Mechelle Bryson in a press release. “This data confirms what many have already known that Westlake Academy is an exemplary college prep school, with many students entering college with 24-36 hours of credit already under their belts.”

While Dr. Bryson admits the test scores are something the school should be proud of, it’s the overall learning experience the students get from their time at an IB school like Westlake Academy that’s important. “We are an IB school first and foremost. These exams are just one metric that shows us that we’re teaching what we need to be teaching,” Bryson said.