Student from local school districts fared better than the state average in reading for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

Preliminary results from across the state showed that 83 percent of third- and fifth-grade students, as well as 93 percent of eighth grade students passed the exam. TAKS is a state-mandated test that helps define a school district's state and federal accountability rating, which in turn helps decide the district's funding.

Locally, the students at the Calallen Independent School District had 96 percent of third-grade students pass the reading portion of the exam. Eighty-seven percent of fifth graders also passed, along with 97 percent of eighth-grade students.

Students who score poorly on the exam, which was given in March, will have two more tries to pass.

The Tuloso-Midway Independent School District had 90 percent of its third-grade students pass the reading portion of the TAKS test, while 88 percent of fifth-grade students showed passing scores. Ninety-seven percent of eighth-grade students also passed the reading section.

The Driscoll Independent School District did not have any of their reading scores drop below 90 percent, with 90 percent of third-grade students passing. Ninety-five percent of fifth-grade students also passed the reading portion, while 100 percent of eighth-grade students had passing scores.

Driscoll ISD superintendent Cynthia Garcia said the scores were a testament to the dedication of the teachers and staff within the district in order to meet their goals for the TAKS test.

"We're very proud of that," Garcia said.

Robstown ISD results were unavailable as of Tuesday because they had not yet been presented to the school board.