EDUCATION

The Texas Education Agency released its accountability ratings for 2017 on Tuesday, and according to the TEA’s report, all local school districts received a passing “met standard” accountability grade.

The ratings were released as districts are preparing for the new A-F accountability ratings, which over the next two years, will replace the pass-fail rating system of “met standard” or “improvement needed” the state uses now.

According to TEA officials, the new A-F system will better serve district officials, parents and students to more accurately depict how various campuses and district are performing.

“The 84th Legislature passed a bill changing the Texas school accountability system. The district ratings will be issued for the first time in August 2018. (Similarly) students receive letter grades showing their academic levels, these A-F ratings will provide parents and the community with a better understanding of their schools’ academic progress,” TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said Tuesday.

While all Killeen, Copperas Cove, Gateville, Salado and Lampasas school districts — and all of their campuses — met standard for 2017 ratings, the local districts are already gearing up for the new A-F system.

Both CCISD and KISD have been training their staff on how the new accountability ratings will work, and how each campus will be affected by the performance of teachers and students.

“Staff members in CCISD have been provided with a number of training sessions focused on the changes being promulgated by the state. We do appreciate the work that Commissioner of Education (Mike) Morath has undertaken to stabilize the accountability system and provide more clarity and consistency for the path forward.” CCISD Superintendent Joe Burns said via e-mail on Tuesday.

“The staff in CCISD are engaged in ongoing efforts focused on enhancing instructional practices through professional learning communities and targeted professional development,” Burns said. “Instructional staff routinely participate in the curriculum review process and provide direction and feedback in order to enhance learning opportunities for students.”

KISD officials also issued a statement Tuesday on what they are doing to prepare for the new ratings system.

“KISD has reviewed with district and campus administration the framework and status of the new accountability system. This includes an overview of the three domains and indicators that are planned to be evaluated at this point in time,” according to the district. “Throughout this school year, the state will determine which indicators they will ultimately evaluate. Districts will be informed of those final decisions in the spring of 2018, which has become the norm.”

The release went on to say: “For Killeen ISD, the goal remains the same for faculty members and students — to ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum in every class, for every student, every day. The district expectation is that every student achieves at his or her highest potential in order to best prepare him or her for life after high school.”

2017 RATINGS

The results — based on four categories: Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Post Secondary Readiness — are weighted equally through the TEA’s evaluation.

Each district is expected to earn a target score in each of the four categories, and those scores then indicate whether the district has earned a “met standard” or “improvement needed” rating. For student achievement, districts must receive at least a score of 60; for student progress, a district must earn at least a 22; for closing the gap, districts must earn at least a 28; and for post secondary readiness, districts must earn at least a 60.

More than 95 percent of Texas school districts, and around 89 percent of individual schools, met the minimum education standards, a slight improvement over last year, according to The Associated Press.

AREA DISTRICT SCORES

KISD received a 73 in student achievement, a 39 in student progress, a 40 in closing the gap, and a 72 in postsecondary readiness.

CCISD received a 75 in student achievement, a 36 in student progress, a 41 in closing the gap, and a 74 in postsecondary readiness.

Gatesville ISD received a 72 in student achievement, a 36 in student progress, a 39 in closing the gap, and a 76 in postsecondary readiness.

Lampasas ISD received a 77 in student achievement, a 39 in student progress, a 41 in closing the gap, and a 73 in postsecondary readiness.

Salado ISD received an 83 in student achievement, a 38 in student progress, a 40 in closing the gap, and a 84 in postsecondary readiness.

Belton ISD received an 80 in student achievement, a 40 in student progress, a 42 in closing the gap, and a 76 in postsecondary readiness.

Temple ISD received an 63 in student achievement, a 40 in student progress, a 33 in closing the gap, and a 63 in postsecondary readiness.

Florence ISD received an 66 in student achievement, a 34 in student progress, a 30 in closing the gap, and a 68 in postsecondary readiness.

254-501-7568 | quinton@kdhnews.com

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