• February 26, 2017

Lampasas school officials discuss A-F ratings

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Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 8:02 pm

LAMPASAS — Lampasas Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Nancy Yeary spoke to the Lampasas school board this week concerning the Texas Education Agency’s recent release of academic accountability ratings, an A-F system, and downplayed the ratings.

“There is a whole lot more to schools than 55 percent of an accountability or a one-day rating on how kids perform,” Yeary said. “I will just let that speak for what our district is about and what our parents and our community want.”

The hourlong meeting was Monday in the LISD Administration Building.

The ratings were released Friday by the Texas Education Agency and have sparked widespread criticism from school district superintendents across Central Texas.

“The 2016 ratings are based on a system of indexes that provides a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of a district or charter and each individual campus throughout the state,” according to TEA. “The performance index framework includes four areas: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.”

Lampasas schools scored mostly C’s and B’s with two F’s and zero A’s.

About 52 percent of the students in Lampasas Independent School District are economically disadvantaged, according to the TEA. While the district “Met Standards” under the old evaluation system, the school board was presented with hurdles that must be overcome in order to increase the ratings under the new A-F system.

“The ratings in this report are for informational purposes to meet a legislative requirement and represent work-in-progress models that are likely to change before A–F ratings become effective in August 2018,” according to a recent report sent to Texas Legislative members from Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “No inferences about official district or campus performance in the 2015-16 school year should be drawn from these ratings, and these ratings should not be considered predictors of future district or campus performance ratings.”

The full report may be found on the TEA’s website at http://tea.texas.gov/A-F/.


LAMPASAS A-F rankings

Hanna Springs Elementary

Student achievement — C

Student progress — B

Closing the gap — D

Postsecondary readiness — C

Kline Whitis Elementary

Student achievement — C

Student progress — B

Closing the gap — D

Postsecondary readiness — B

Lampasas High School

Student achievement — B

Student progress — C

Closing the gap — B

Postsecondary readiness — F

Lampasas Middle School

Student achievement — C

Student progress — D

Closing the gap — C

Postsecondary readiness — C

Taylor Creek Elementary

Student achievement — C

Student progress — D

Closing the gap — D

Postsecondary readiness — F

Source: Texas Education Agency

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