WFISD Officials Gather to Discuss Student Performance

District officials met Monday evening to talk about a report that came out from the Academic Excellence Indicator System, also known as AEIS.

Overall the district received a Recognized status, right below the highest status they could receive, Exemplary.  The Recognized status is higher than last year's Acceptable rating.  Still officials say there are challenges that need to be met.

It's a slow and steady progress, still district officials say more work needs to be done to get them where they want to be.

"We want this district to be an Exemplary district," said WFISD, Assistant Superintendent, Tim Powers.

In order to receive the Exemplary status, 90 percent of test takers must master the exam.  The district received the Recognized status, which means 80 percent mastered the test.  Overall the entire district did quite well, especially in three areas of study:  reading, writing, and social studies, those received Exemplary remarks.

"It means we're also headed in the right direction when you look at all of our subject areas
 where we tested and also the fact that we're testing more students this past year.  That means good things are happening," said Powers.

One area the district is working on is closing the achievement gap in reading and math between different groups, such as African Americans, Hispanics, Whites, and the economically disadvantaged.  Since 2005 that gap has continued to close, but it's not where it needs to be.

Overall the report is still numbers on a paper.
"The bottom line is that we have teachers who are going the extra mile in the classroom every single day and that will never come out of the report," said Powers.

Even though budget cuts are looming, they'll have to do more with less, but their priority will continue to be the progress of the students.

In the limited English proficiency comparison, the district is still below the state average in all subject areas.  That population of students is their fastest growing so the gap will only widen if not addressed within these next few years.

Following the AEIS meeting trustee members met for a regularly scheduled board meeting.  WFISD Superintendent George Kazanas made a few comments about last week's study that came out from the State Comptroller's Office.  Kazanas said they are still learning the premise behind it and will look at the recommendations made.

Crystal Hall News Channel 6.