The Texas Education Agency’s A-F accountability system grading system for state school districts has been released, and the four local school districts came away with high scores.
Through House Bill 22, passed in the 85th Texas Legislature, three domains were established to measure the academic performance of both districts and campuses. The domains are Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps. The districts and campuses are rated with a letter grade A through F for overall performance as well as for performance in each domain.
At Goose Creek CISD improved from last year when it received a score of 78 to a new score of 87 or a B.
“I’m excited about the results of the hard work of our students, as well as our campus and administrative staff, coming to fruition,” said Goose Creek CISD Superintendent Dr. Randal O’Brien. “As I’ve previously stated, I’m not an advocate for single-day tests measuring a child’s capacity or success. I do appreciate the universal growth of progress. Almost all subjects, all grade levels, and all domains moved in the right direction, including several double-digit gains. We work every year to attain the success we have this year; however, testing measurements change as do scoring formulas. Our goal going into this school year is to sustain the growth measures we experienced by continuing the vision of providing a well-rounded education for every child, addressing their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being.”
Goose Creek CISD as a district had a total of 43 distinctions, with Crockett Elementary getting the maximum of six for Reading/English as a Second Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Academic Growth, Closing the Gaps, and Post-Secondary Readiness.
Barbers Hills ISD scored a 95, or an A, for the second year in row with every campus also earning an A.
Sandra Duree, assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, was pleased with the scores.
“I am so proud of our scores because they represent the heart of what we stand for,” Duree said. “Their scores of the direct results of hard work, dedication and BHISD’s staff commitment to excellence. We are grateful for our parents who send us their very best. And who help instill in their children the value of education and hard work.”
BHISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Poole said the score is reflective of the dedication of those within his district.
“Barbers Hill ISD has the highest of expectations, and once again, these expectations have been met with a score of a 95 on the state’s standardized test, and it is at every campus,” Poole said. “These results are not accidental, but are the results of above and beyond work by students and staff and further verify that BHISD is excellent by any measure.”
BHISD also has a total of 21 distinctions with campuses earning at least a minimum of three with some campuses earning up to six.
Anahuac ISD Superintendent Dennis Wagner was excited about his district receiving a score of 92, or an A, through the accountability system.
“Anahuac ISD received an A rating for 2019 due to the hard work and dedication of our students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators working together to prepare our students not only to be college-ready but ready for life after high school,” Wagner said.
Wagner said the district had success at the campus levels as well. Anahuac Middle School received an overall A rating with a 91 and received distinctions in Science, Academic Growth, Postsecondary Readiness, and Closing the Gaps. Anahuac High School had a B rating, or an 87, and a distinction in Postsecondary Readiness. Anahuac Elementary also received a B rating and earned a distinction in Academic Growth.
Crosby ISD earned an 85, or a B, with the accountability system.
“As far as the letter grade goes, I am truly thankful and humbled by the selfless work that has been poured into our students by our teachers and staff given the trials we faced last year,” said Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis. “From a grander perspective, experience has shown me that the true quality of a school district relies on an array of successes upon successes. Excellence in Crosby ISD is a daily pursuit.”
Crosby ISD earned four distinctions total with Crosby High School earning one for Post-Secondary Readiness.
Results can be found by visiting https://tea.texas.gov/A-F.