Schools around the state of Texas received their first ‘grade report’ from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on Wednesday. Carroll ISD received an “A”, scoring 96 out of a possible 100 points in the various areas measured.
In previous years, TEA released a report showing which schools met state education standards, based on five areas: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, post-secondary readiness and community and student engagement. This year, the state narrowed those areas down to three: student achievement, student progress, and closing performance gaps.
Student Achievement measures whether students have met grade-level expectations as measured by the STAAR test. This rating also takes graduation rates and how prepared students are for life after high school into consideration. School Progress measures how much better students performed on standardized testing this year versus last year. It also compares student performance to similar districts. And finally, Closing the Gaps measures the percentage of different groups of students that are performing above state goals in four areas.
Individual campuses will not be officially rated until next year’s report is released, however, if the campuses had been included, all 11 would have earned an “A” as well.
“We’re proud of our students and staff for continuing to excel at whatever measures of accountability the state decides to use,” said Superintendent David Faltys. “We believe the measure of our success is much more than one grade, one test or one snapshot of a given day. Our true accountability lies in the rigor and high expectations for excellence we call our staff and students to every day.”
Dr. Faltys said CISD stands with other districts across the state in calling for a less complicated system of accountability that truly represents the education students are receiving. “In Carroll, it’s more about quality teachers engaging our kids in a way that inspires them to realize their full potential,” he said.
For parents and community members that would like to read more about the new letter grading system, TEA has made videos available on their website that explain the new system more in-depth.
To read the report sent by TEA, click here.