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David Vinson, Ph.D.

Blog EntryBlog: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New District & Campus Performance Ratings

Wylie ISD has received the results from the student performance on the TAKS test and has both good and bad news based on ratings to be released by the Texas Education Agency on July 28. Remember that campuses can receive 1 of 4 ratings:

  • Exemplary
  • Recognized
  • Acceptable
  • Unacceptable

These early calculations project that Wylie ISD will have 17 campuses earn a TEA accountability rating of either Exemplary or Recognized with no acceptable ratings.

Campus
Rating
Wylie High School
Recognized
Wylie East High School
Recognized
Grady Burnett Junior High
Academically Unacceptable
Frank McMillan Junior High
Recognized
Raymond Cooper Junior High
Recognized
Bill Davis Intermediate
Recognized
Dr. Al Draper Intermediate
Recognized
A.B. Harrison Intermediate
Recognized
P.M. Akin Elementary
Recognized
T.F. Birmingham Elementary
Recognized
Cheri Cox Elementary
Recognized
Dodd Elementary
Recognized
R.V. Groves Elementary
Recognized
R.F. Hartman Elementary
Recognized
Rita G. Smith Elementary
Recognized
Harry and Retha Tibbals Elementary
Exemplary
Don Whitt Elementary
Exemplary
Wally Watkins Elementary
Recognized

Collectively, all Wylie students performed at the recognized or exemplary level in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

This is positive news in light of the numerous changes in the accountability system this year:

  • 5% increase in scores to meet standards in math
  • 5% increase in scores to meet standards in science
  • Inclusion of many more special-education student’s performance results

Despite these higher standards, our students and campuses met the challenge. In fact, Wylie ISD is among the top 25% districts in the state regarding student performance on the TAKS test.

I am so proud that scores continue to rise despite the increased standards. There are so many potential pitfalls with the state accountability system, it is easy to stumble.

One of our campuses has stumbled and this will have a significant impact on campus and district results. Despite meeting 92% of the performance standards, Burnett Junior High fell short in 2 of the 25 performance standards and will receive an “Unacceptable” rating for 8th grade science scores for African American and Economically Disadvantaged subgroups.

When a campus has received this rating, the state accountability system does not allow a district to receive any rating above “Academically Acceptable.” Therefore, Wylie ISD will receive an “Academically Acceptable” accountability rating even though our scores meet the “Recognized” and was close to an “Exemplary” rating.

Obviously, we are disappointed with the outcome of this accountability rating, but we cannot let it overshadow the remaining areas where students demonstrated tremendous growth. We must continue our focus on continuous growth, continuous improvement and continuous progress for EVERY child in the district.

This is especially important as we transition from the TAKS test to the new STAAR and EOC tests in the 2011-2012 school year. As you can see by the fate of our latest results, ratings are nice, but misleading at times, especially as Texas schools transition to the new testing model. Whatever state-wide testing is mandated, I am confident Wylie ISD will continue to use the data to continually create positive trends in student growth and performance.

Posted by David Vinson, Ph.D. at 6:25 AM
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