All area Atascosa school districts, not campuses, meet 2015 TEA accountability standards



The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2015 Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness ( STAAR) accountability ratings last week for more than 1200 school districts as well as 8600 campuses statewide. The ratings revealed that 94 percent of Texas school districts and charters achieved the rating of Met Standard. Good news for Atascosa County as each independent school district made the grade by earning the Met Standard rating.

“The 2015 state accountability system takes into account a number of factors unique to the 2014-2015 school year,” said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. “As in previous years, most districts, charters and campuses met the standards which reflects well on our public education system and for the future of our state.”

Every school receives one of two ratings: Met Standard or Improvement Required. The Texas Education Agency looks at four areas in determining a school campus or district’s accountability rating. The four areas include:

• Student Achievement- STAAR test scores for the year

• Student Progress- Measures year-to-year student progress by subject

• Closing Performance Gaps-Emphasizes high-level academic achievement of the lowest performing student groups

• Postsecondary Readiness Emphasizes the importance of earning a high school diploma focusing on graduation rates, diploma plans and college and career readiness standards

Three Atascosa County campuses received an accountability rating of Improvement Required. Charlotte Middle School missed receiving the Met Standards rank by one point in one area – Closing Performance Gaps. Charlotte Middle School was faced with a big challenge in this specific area as the demographics of their 152 student campus show that 71.1 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. Charlotte Middle School met standards in the three other key areas – Student Achievement, Student Progress and Postsecondary Readiness.

Lytle Elementary and Lytle Junior High met standards on Student Progress and Postsecondary Readiness but neither met standards on Student Achievement or Closing Performance Gaps. Out of the 523 students who attend Lytle Elementary, 71 percent are categorized as economically disadvantaged. Lytle Middle School, grades 6-8, houses 363 students of which 70 percent are labeled economically disadvantaged. All other Atascosa school campuses met TEA standards in all four areas.

The Texas Education Agency offers a quick overview of the State of Texas Accountability System on a YouTube video titled TEA State Accountability found at watch?v=cbEgrdijuc8.

To view the 2015 state accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses (plus distinction designations earned at the campus and district level), visit the Texas Education Agency website at http:// account/2015/ index.html.

Three Atascosa ISD campuses that received a Met Standard rating on the 2015 Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness ( STAAR) tests were eligible for special honors called Distinction Designations. Poteet ISD’s Junior High earned one distinction while Poteet High School and Jourdanton Junior High each earned two distinctions.

TEA Distinction Designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement on performance indicators compared to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics.

“Earning any type of distinction under the state accountability system is commendable and should be a source of pride in that community,” said TEA Commissioner of Education Michael Williams.

Distinctions can be earned for: Academic Achievement in Reading/ Language Arts, Academic Achievement in Mathmatics, Academic Achievement in Science and Academic Achievement in Socials Studies, Top 25 Percent Student Progress, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.

The Poteet Junior High campus received a Distinction Designation for Top 25 percent Student Progress. Poteet High School received two Distinction Designations for Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA and for Academic Achievement in Science.

The Jourdanton ISD Junior High campus received two Distinction Designations for Academic Achievement in Science and Academic Achievement in Social Studies.

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