STISD receives highest accountability rating through state system

STISD receives highest accountability rating through state system
Posted on 09/28/2016
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Jeff Hembree, deputy superintendent of STISD, reported on the district’s 2016 State Accountability Reports, with distinctions, during a public hearing at the Sept. 27 board meeting. 

Introduced in 2013, the current state accountability system is based upon the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) examinations and the complex rating system developed by the state. 

This year, STISD and all of its campuses received a “Met Standard” rating, the high¬≠est accountability rating available. 

Aside from accountability ratings, the system also offers districts and campuses the opportunity to earn distinction designations, which are awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in academic areas in addition to those evaluated under state accountability. 

For the third consecutive year, STISD earned the Postsecondary Readiness distinction designation, the only distinction des­ignation available at the district level. The district was one of only five school districts/charters in the Region One area to receive it.

Campuses were also eligible to receive distinction designations: Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25 Percent: Student Progress, Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.  Rising Scholars, STPA and Medical Academy received all of the distinction designations for which they were eligible.  BETA, Med High and Science Academy received six out of seven distinctions for which they were eligible.  

According to the Texas Education Agency, campus distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics.

"Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride in a community," said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. "Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus."