Willis ISD students in third to eighth grades performed better on the spring 2022 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in both math and reading compared to the spring 2021 test with the exception of sixth grade. Third to fifth grades performed above state averages in math and reading as well, according to a release from the Texas Education Agency.

Scores for grade six dropped 1 percentage point in reading and 2 percentage points in math compared to the 2021 scores. Sixth grade also fell 10 percentage points below the state average for reading and 9 points below the state average for math.

At the secondary level, students who took the end-of-course assessments for Algebra I and English I and II scored lower on average in 2022 than they did in 2021. U.S. History saw a 4 percentage point increase, and Biology saw a 2 percentage point increase from 2021. All subjects except Algebra I–which scored 10 percentage points lower than the state averageperformed at the same level or above the state average.

The district declined to comment on the preliminary results as of July 28.