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School Accountability Ratings Released

The Texas Education Agency released school accountability ratings Thursday and the W.F.I.S.D. passed.

The new system of ratings is complex. They are based on the STAAR tests that student's are required to take, which gives the state an understanding of how schools are doing with teaching and a standard in which to hold them accountable.

"Our district received a met standard rating, which we're obviously pleased about. We in order to do that, we had to successfully meet the standard for each of those indexes, each of those four indexes and we did that," said Dr. Tim Powers, Special Projects Coordinator for the W.F.I.S.D.

The four indexes laid the framework for how the schools were rated. They included, Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Post-Secondary Readiness.

"What they were trying to avoid is, you look at one student or one small sub-population and that, that doesn't ruin the whole basket full of apples," said Dr. Powers.

12 schools earned one or more Academic Distinction Designations. The designation areas included high performance in Reading/English Language Arts, High Performance in Mathematics and Student Progress. However, if one or more of the indexes were missed, schools received an "Improvement Required" rating.

"If I am a parent in the W.F.I.S.D., I think I would be very proud of the results that we have. Of course, we can get better and we intend to get better and do a much better job of helping our students, on a more rigorous test to meet those standards, as they will, continue to rise," said Dr. Powers.

Harrel Accelerated Learning Center, Haynes Northwest Academy, and Aashington-Jackson Elementary, received "Improvement Required" ratings. Haynes missed the "Closing Performance Gaps" index by five points and Washington-Jackson by one point. The W.F.I.S.D. wants to appeal the Harrel rating because, it's a non-traditional high school.

Parents who have questions are welcome to reach out to district officials. To view the W.F.I.S.D. rating click here. For an explanation of how the T.E.A. ratings work click here.

The Accountability Rating System is scheduled to change again next year and will be based on letter grades which may be easier to understand. This change is due in part to legislative changes.

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel 6.

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