Three WFISD schools receive under performing grades from Texas Education Agency

Three WFISD schools receive under performing grades from Texas Education Agency

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls I.S.D is working hard to take proactive approaches in regards to fixing problems that have led to three schools being listed as under performing.
Each school, Booker T. Washington and Kate Burgess Elementary along with Kirby Middle School, had different reasons for their low mark.
Despite the low grades, the district remains optimistic.
    "The way I see it is if you are on a high jump, the state has an expectation," Peter Griffiths, the Associate Superintendent of the WFISD said. "But for whatever reason, for years we might have been below their mark. And then we would get a little bit better and inch up closer."
Griffiths sees improvements being made at the three schools. 
So why did they receive under performing grades from the state?
    "The state comes back and says you might have inched closer, but we are now going to change it and this is where you need to be," Griffiths said. So we have made improvement and that's great. But we are still not where we need to be because the state changes it."
Kirby's low grades came from an influx of students, Burgess because of lack of a systematic discipline plan and Booker T. Washington because of large turnover, just to name a few. 
Griffiths said they are all improving and wants parents not to worry.
    "Kids don't come to school for a test," Griffiths said. "I know that we are graded on it and TEA grades us on it. But kids come to school for more than that; for enjoying school, enjoying whatever activities. I'm proud to say that Kirby and Booker T. Washington have after school clubs to keep kids involved. So that's what the parents should look at."
Griffiths said Kate Burgess was the closest to passing, missing by just a couple points.
He added the district is focusing on technology, capturing kids hearts and professional development. 
Griffiths said as far as the curriculum being taught, it is the same at every school and labels do not play a part in the rankings.

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