Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Initial test scores report looks good for VISD
By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 26, 2014 at 1:26 a.m.
The preliminary results are in, and Victoria Independent School District students are moving up.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness preliminary numbers show students have improved scores in algebra I and biology over last year's end-of-course exams. While the full reports and assessments from the Texas Education Agency are not yet available, this is still exciting news for VISD.
Last year, the district was listed as one of the 6.5 percent of Texas districts and charter schools that failed to meet state standards. The decision was at least partially based on a technicality that resulted in the elimination of one of the minority groups the district would have been graded on because there were not enough students of that group taking the tests last year. The district appealed the ruling, but the state chose to keep its original ruling.
This year, we are looking forward to better news, especially when preliminary results are already pointing out improvements across the district. In a previous article, VISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich credited the shift to professional development and the district's switch to a seven-period day.
We applaud this development in VISD. This good news is the result of a combined effort from the administration down to the classroom. Congratulations to all of the students who took the test and helped improve the district's scores in these two subjects, and thank you to the teachers who spent every day teaching and encouraging these boys and girls to do their best and to the administrators who supported the hard work of both teachers and students. No matter what the rest of the results look like, we are proud of the progress that has been made, and we hope to see even more progress in the future.
Moving forward doesn't always come in leaps and bounds. More often than not, it involves putting one foot in front of the other in small, measured steps. Whether VISD moves forward with big leaps or little steps, the most important thing is that the district continues to improve.
Progress and change take time, and we are glad to see VISD is moving in the right direction. We are eager to see how the state will evaluate the district this year. So far, the results look promising.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.