Education Celebrations: VISD meets, surpasses standards

Aug. 24, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.

Monday is the big day. All across the state of Texas, the bells are ringing for the first day of school in the 2014-15 school year. Watch those school zones.

During the summer, we heard the great news that Victoria ISD achieved the scores required to be rated as having "met standard" for the state of Texas accountability system. In fact, the district not only met but surpassed the standards. In one of four indexes in the system, the district more than doubled the required score.

There are four indexes in the major part of the accountability system. But along with those indexes is another part called distinction designations. While the indexes measure schools and districts against a state standard, the designations measure schools against other similar schools across the state.

To earn a distinction, schools much meet all the accountability standards. The campus must also meet additional scoring standards for consideration. Campuses that make that cut are then included in smaller comparison groups that are very similar in size and demographics.

Once those groupings are set, the achievement levels of the campuses are ranked. The cream of the crop in the comparison groups earn distinction designations.

We were very proud to learn that six VISD campuses earned one or more distinctions for the year.

Torres Elementary School earned three designations for its achievement in areas of math, reading/English language arts and progress in closing the performance gaps between student groups.

Also with multiple distinction designations are William Wood, Vickers and Dudley Elementary schools.

William Wood was singled out for its reading and math achievements.

Vickers earned the designation for reading as well as for an area called post-secondary readiness. At the elementary level, this area measures the students who not only pass STAAR but also reach a higher performance standard.

Dudley Magnet School also earned a distinction designation in post-secondary readiness as well as in science.

The other schools earning distinction designations are Victoria West High School and De Leon Elementary. Victoria West earned the distinction designation in math, and De Leon earned the designation in the area of student progress. This area measures the year-to-year growth of students academically.

In addition to the two distinction designations, Vickers Elementary earned another special recognition this year as a federal "high performing" school. Only one other elementary school in Region III earned this special recognition. This recognition is reserved for the highest achieving Title 1 campuses in the area of math and reading.

The distinction designations are a great cause for celebration. We congratulate the schools that earned these high honors.

And we know that this school year offers even more opportunities for our students to shine and grow. Come along for the ride. The journey is awesome.

Happy new year.

Diane Boyett is the communications director for Victoria school district. Contact her at



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