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Woodsboro fails to meet standards in TEA ratings

By JR Ortega
Aug. 8, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.
Updated Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.


Two of Refugio County's three school districts met standards set by the Texas Education Agency's accountability ratings.

Woodsboro did not make the mark.

WOODSBORO ISD

Woodsboro school district failed to meet standard as a district this year, said Superintendent Stephen Self.

The high school needs improvement in the postsecondary readiness index, according to the accountability rating website.

The elementary school needs improvement in index 2, the student progress index.

The district and campuses met the standards in 2013.

Self said teachers, students and parents worked hard to meet goal through tutoring programs and summer training, but they just could not make the cut.

"I know we've worked very hard. Everybody did a heck of a job," he said. "It's a new system, and we have to get used to it. We have to know what target we're shooting at."

The test gets tougher each year, Self said, adding that as a district, they are up for the challenge.

"It's about understanding the process over the product," he said.

REFUGIO

Refugio school district successfully met the standards once again, said Superintendent Jack Gaskins.

The district surpassed the state standard in each index at both the elementary and high schools. The schools even received several distinctions in their ratings.

The elementary school is part of the top 25 percent in student progress, and the high school earned distinctions for academic achievement in reading/English language arts and mathematics.

"We're very pleased and very proud of the efforts," Gaskins said.

The schools used existing programs and teaching methods, they just dug deeper, he said.

"Every year, it's a moving target," he said. "But we'll work to meet the challenging demands the states puts forth."

AUSTWELL-TIVOLI ISD

Austwell-Tivoli again met standards as a district and by campus.

Several distinctions were also awarded, including top 25 percent in student progress and academic achievement in reading/English language arts and mathematics on the elementary school level.

The high school earned a distinction for being the Top 25 percent in closing the performance gap as well as academic achievement in reading/English language arts and mathematics.

Superintendent Antonio Aguirre could not be reached for comment Friday.

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