School districts respond to new TEA ratings

Following the release of the 2018 state accountability ratings by the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 15, the Pleasanton Express contacted area superintendents for their comments.

New this year is the A-F scale to rate all multicampus school districts and charters.

The academic performance of districts and campuses is rated by the categories: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps.

Student Achievement evaluates performance across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness indicators, and graduation rates.

School Progress measures district and campus outcomes in two areas: the number of students that grew at least one year academically (or are on track) as measured by STAAR results and the achievement of all students relative to districts or campuses with similar economically disadvantaged percentages.

Closing the Gaps uses disaggregated data to demonstrate differentials among racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors. The indicators included in this domain, as well as the domain’s construction, align the state accountability system with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Jourdanton ISD

Jourdanton ISD received the highest rating overall in Atascosa County, a B rating (Recognized Performance), with a score of 80 out of 100. All Jourdanton ISD campuses earned a Met Standard rating.

Distinction Designations were awarded to: JHS for Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Jourdanton Junior High School for Academic Achievement in Math, Closing the Gaps and Post Secondary Readiness; and Jourdanton Elementary for Academic Achievement in Science.

Jourdanton ISD Superintendent Theresa McAllister said for the next ratings, the school is shooting for an A.

“We know it is important to hold districts accountable, but I’m not sure this is a true indication of how good the schools are. Jourdanton is a good school, and Poteet and Pleasanton are good in their own ways, too. There are so many other things going on in the schools besides STAAR tests and how many enlist in the mlitary.”

She noted that while Jourdanton ISD earned a B, it was not that far in comparison to Pleasanton ISD and Poteet ISD.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to coverage of 9-11 events, the Pleasanton Express will feature comments from Poteet ISD and McMullen County ISD in a future issue.

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