They tell us that 24 schools operating in the WFISD earned a “Met Standard” ranking from the TEA. This is the second year of Texas’ new accountability system that uses only two ratings: “Met Standard” or “Improvement Required.”
Of those 24 schools that earned a “Met Standard” ranking, WFISD officials say 17 schools – including all three high schools ‑ earned special state distinctions for exceeding the state’s academic targets in up to seven categories. WFISD schools earned a total of 45 such distinctions.
A Texas school achieves a “Met Standard” rating – or fails to meet it – by its set of performance data drawn from state testing. TEA evaluates each school in four areas:
· student achievement
· student progress from year to year by subject and student group
· progress in closing the performance gaps between highest and lowest achievers
· postsecondary readiness: indicators pointing to success after graduation.
Beyond that, the state identifies “Met Performance” schools that further distinguished themselves in comparison to a group of 40 similar campuses in type, size and student demographics.
Schools can earn performance distinctions in
· social studies
· top 25 percent in student progress
· top 25 percent in closing performance gaps
· postsecondary readiness.
WFISD schools earned the most distinctions in science, postsecondary readiness, reading and math.
Rider and Wichita Falls High Schools each earned five of a possible six distinctions. Hirschi High School earned four of six. TEA did not evaluate high schools in student progress for 2014 only.
High performers at the elementary level were Jefferson (earned five of six possible), Fowler (earned four of six), and Fain, Houston and Alamo, who each earned three.
Other WFISD schools that earned distinctions: Zundelowitz Junior High (3); Cunningham and Haynes (2 each); Barwise and Kirby Junior Highs, Crockett, Milam, Washington/Jackson and Southern Hills (1 apiece).
“Earning a distinction is not easy,” said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. “Any school earning one or more distinctions should be recognized in its community for the outstanding work taking place on that campus.”
As a district, WFISD also achieved the “Met Standard” ranking.
Three WFISD elementary schools – Scotland Park, Lamar, and Sheppard Air Force Base – were rated “Improvement required.” They missed one or more of the four growth targets set for Texas public schools.
Texas operates more than 8,500 public school campuses. Of the campuses that received a “Met Standard” rating, more than 4,400 also earned at least one distinction designation.
The Texas Education Agency prepared a short video for parents to help them understand the new accountability system. The 98-second video can be found here and on the WFISD website here.
These TEA rankings reflect the performance of the schools WFISD operated in the 2013-2014 school year. Since then, WFISD has closed Alamo and Houston. The district also closed Zundy Junior High in June and repurposed it into an elementary school that opened Aug. 25.
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