All five school districts in the Brush Country region had at least one campus earn a distinction designation, according to the Texas Education Agency’s 2014 accountability ratings.
Districts, campuses and charters receive one of three ratings under the accountability system: Met Standard; Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required.
The “Met Standard” rating is based on:
•Student Achievement– Provides a snapshot of performance across all subjects.
•Student Progress – Measures year-to-year student progress by subject and student group.
•Closing Performance Gaps – Tracks advanced academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and the lowest performing racial/ ethnic student groups.
•Postsecondary Readiness – Emphasizes the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs, or the military.
Improvement Required rating means- Unacceptable rating assigned to districts, campuses, charter operators, and alternative education campuses (AECs) that miss the target on one or more performance indexes.
Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are also eligible for distinction designations in seven possible areas. Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in several performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics.
“Earning a distinction is not easy,” said Commissioner Williams. “Any school earning one or more distinctions should be recognized in its community for the outstanding work taking place on that campus.”
Pleasanton Primary School, Pleasanton Elementary School, Pleasanton Intermediate Campus (PIC), Pleasanton Junior High and High School all earned “Met Standard” accountability ratings.
In addition, PIC also received two distinction designations: one for Academic Achievement in Science and another for Postsecondary Readiness. The Pleasanton ISD Reassignment and OP was not rated, while the Pleasanton ISD School of Choice received an “Improvement Required” accountability rating.
Pleasanton ISD Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Clinesmith explained that the School of Choice had eight students who were returning to complete their high school degrees and pass all state assessment.
“While they have made huge strides in completing coursework and mastered some assessments (close on others), they did not pass all tests. While it is a small group… every child matters and the state holds us accountable when 10 or more tests are taken (which cumulatively the School Of Choice did).”
Dr. Clinesmith added, ‘We have a targeted plan of support for those continuing learners. We are just so pleased they are continuing their work rather than dropping out of school. (The good note for SOC was that they had the highest rating for dropout prevention/graduation).”
As far as enrollment, Dr. Clinesmith reported that post Labor Day (Sept. 1), total enrollment at all campuses was at 3,485 students. On the first day of school, total enrollment was at 3,394.
Jourdanton Elementary School earned three total distinction designations in: Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Academic Achievement in Science. In addition, Jourdanton Elementary, Jourdanton Junior High and Jourdanton High School all earned “Met Standard” accountability ratings.
“All the campuses have a strong commitment to excellence and have worked hard to improve rigor and the quality of insturction,” said Jourdanton ISD Superintendent Dr. Lana Collavo. “The elementary is the first to realize the effects of that hard work. We are really proud of the students, the staff and the administration for their hard work.”
Dr. Collavo explained that enrollment has increased this year. By Sept. 8, 2013, there were 1,556 students overall. On Sept. 8, 2014, there were 1,629 students total at Jourdanton ISD. The campus has increased each year since Collavo became superintendent there.
Poteet Elementary School, Poteet Intermediate Campus, Poteet Junior High and High School also received “Met Standard” accountability ratings.
Poteet ISD had two campuses this year that received distinction designations. Poteet Elementary earned distinction in Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, while the Poteet Junior High earned distinction designation in Academic Achievement in Reading/ ELA and Academic Achievement in Science.
“Our teachers have been working hard last year and are continuing to do so this year,” said Dr. Melinda Salinas, Poteet ISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “They are certainly focused on common planning and meeting the rigor level of the STARR test.”
As of the first day of school, total enrollment at Poteet ISD this year was at 1,661. This is an increase of 20 students, as the school’s enrollment last year was 1,661.
Charlotte ISD earned the most distinction designations overall. Charlotte Elementary earned one for Academic Achievement in Mathematics, while Charlotte Middle School was awarded four distinction designations for: Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Academic Achievement in Math, Academic Achievement in Social Studies and Top 25 Percent Student Progress. Charlotte Elementary and Middle School each received “Met Standard” accountability ratings, while an “Improvement Required” rating was received at Charlotte High School.
In last week’s story, “Improvements underway at Charlotte schools,” Express writer Kate Fluitt wrote that, “Superintendent Mario Sotelo says that the Texas Accountability Intervention System has proven to be a valuable tool. Even though the district is not satisfied with its current status, they are very pleased with the rapid progress they are making. Mr. Sotelo stated that none of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of the school board, community and staff. Mr. Sotelo and staff will be eager to release new results when they are available at the end of the year.”
Enrollment at all Charlotte campuses combined is at 520 this year, which is an increase from the previous year.
McMullen County ISD
Two distinction designations were received by McMullen County ISD in Tilden. Distinction designations were for: Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Academic Achievement in Science. McMullen County ISD consists of Early Childhood to 12th grade.
Enrollment is now at 267 students, an increase from the year before.
Joel Trudeau, McMullen County ISD Head of Curriculum said, “We are proud of our teachers, not just in math and science, but all of them. They all did a great job. They do whatever it takes. They work with the students during recess, if necessary. They will work with them before and after school. They all worked really hard.”