VISD board to tackle school performance standards

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Oct. 16, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.
Updated Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.

About half of Texas schools last year failed to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress standards set by the state.

Last year's transition from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) didn't make matters easier, said Victoria school district spokeswoman Diane Boyett.

At a regular school Victoria school board meeting on Thursday, trustees plan to discuss and take action on their School Improvement Plans for seven Title 1 elementary schools that have missed AYP standards for the past two years.

"Under the old system they would met the standards," Boyett said.

All public schools are evaluated for AYP under the accountability provisions in NCLB.

AYP criteria is based on three measures: reading/language arts, mathematics, and either graduation rates for high schools and districts or attendance rates for elementary and middle/junior high schools.

Included in the list of elementary schools that failed AYP this year are: Crain, F.W. Gross, Hopkins, O'Connor, Rowland, Schorlemmer and Shields.

Over the years since the No Child Left Behind Act was signed in 2002, the performance standards have increased from 33 percent to 92 percent.

Next year the performance standard for mathematics under NCBL will be at 100 percent.

Last year, 71.4 percent of Texas school districts and 48 percent of Texas schools missed AYP standards.

The board also will look at improvement plans for Victoria East and Victoria West high schools to strengthen their accountabilities from "unacceptable" to "acceptable."

For the 2010-11 academic school year, 65 percent of students did not meet the state expectations in mathematics at Victoria East and Victoria West high schools.

Of those 65 percent that did not meet the mathematics state expectation at Victoria East, 293 were classified as economically disadvantaged, 284 were Hispanic and 53 were African-American students.

Continuous Improvements Teams were formed at the two high schools to develop a School Improvement Plan aimed at increasing attendance and test scores.

Included in the district agenda are suggestions such as daily home visits, Saturday home visits and student and parent outreach calls.

In other business, the board will honor AVID teacher and Cade Middle School English teacher Genevieve Beyer as employee of the month.

The Northside Rotary Club, Sunrise Rotary Club and Victoria Rotary Club will be given the "You Make A Difference" award.

Click here to see the agenda for Thursday's meeting.



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