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VISD works with state's new way of keeping schools accountable

By Carolina Astrain
Aug. 7, 2013 at 3:07 a.m.


There are four areas of grading by the Texas Education Agency's new accountability rating system.

• Student Achievement: How students did on their math, reading/English language arts and writing state exams.

• Student Progress: This is a new part of the state's accountability system. It measures student progress by subject on their state exams from year to year.

• Closing Performance Gaps: This index will measure the academic achievements of a district's economically disadvantaged group of students.

• Postsecondary Readiness: This measures a campus' graduation and dropout rates in connection with college readiness.

Source: Texas Education Agency


For full coverage of Crossroads school districts' ratings from the Texas Education Agency, read Friday's Advocate.

The state's new academic accountability measurements have brought new challenges to Victoria school district officials.

"It's just been a huge learning curve," said Dionne Hughes, the Victoria school district director of assessment and accountability. "The TEA has been making decisions daily, and we're just trying to keep up with everything and make sure we're doing right by our students."

Under the Texas Education Agency's new system, a school's opportunity to meet state standards has broadened with the addition of the three new indicators. Student achievement was already assessed under the former accountability rating system.

Measurements of student progress on the STAAR exam, the closing of the achievement gap and postsecondary readiness have been added to the mix.

Index 3, which focuses on closing the achievement gap, takes a look at the two lowest performing student sub-groups and economically disadvantaged students.

Economically disadvantaged students at VISD make up 64.4 percent of the district's 14,333 students, according to its 2011-12 Academic Excellence Indicator System.

Of those economically disadvantaged students in 10th and 11th grades, 48 percent passed their state exams.

"This has become a big item of concern for the state," Hughes said. "Our commissioner wants to make sure our economically disadvantaged students are a focus across the state."



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