Superintendent Terry Grier released Houston ISD's first-round state test scores for fifth and eighth graders on Thursday, acknowledging at the start of the press conference that the results for middle school students in the Apollo 20 pilot project were of the most interest.
And those particular results from tests taken this spring, while promising in several cases, were a bit mixed -- which may or may not explain why HISD did not immediately release this public information when asked for it earlier this week by the Houston Press.
Commenting on the fact that eighth graders at Apollo schools increased their reading scores overall by 13 percentage points compared to the district average increase of nine points, Grier said: "So is that progress? Yes. Is that victory? Don't think so. It's a small snapshot. I think it's still concrete evidence that we're moving in the right way."