Is RISD teaching to the TAAS test as some politicians suggest? Apparently not, because our SAT, ACT and other national test scores are high also. Compare our percentage of seniors taking the SAT, the percentage of economically disadvantaged students and the average test scores to other districts on the chart below.

Only Carrollton-FB comes close to RISD, with the same percentage of economically disadvantaged and similar scores, but with only 62 percent taking the test.

RISD strives to help all students achieve.

1999-2000 average SAT scores

Comparison of selected districts rated “recognized”

District % of Grad. Srs. In Dist. Avg. Verbal Score Avg. Math Score Dist. % Economically Disadvantaged

National 44% 505 514 NA

Texas 50% 491 499 49%

Richardson 84% 530 547 35%

Aldine 48% 429 442 72%

Amarillo 37% 526 528 51%

Beaumont 42% 482 472 61%

Brownsville 32% 430 440 92%

Carrollton-FB 62% 522 548 36%

Clear Creek 81% 525 539 12%

Conroe 70% 524 535 26%

C. Christi 49% 491 488 56%

Garland 55% 502 503 33%

Irving 49% 508 508 55%

Katy 73% 529 551 12%

Lewisville 60% 525 538 10%

Lubbock 49% 515 516 54%

McAllen 46% 473 487 62%

Mesquite 37% 509 521 29%

North East 71% 508 508 36%

Pasadena 36% 475 497 56%

Plano 86% 548 574 10%

Round Rock 78% 533 545 14%

Sprg. Branch 67% 528 556 49%

Source: Richardson Independent School District