Goliad school district meets standards
Aug. 15, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.
Updated Aug. 15, 2017 at 11:10 p.m.
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Teachers and administrators at Goliad's school district aren't satisfied with mediocrity.
"We don't just want them passing," said De Helmer, the district's director for curriculum instruction and assessment. "We want them passing very well."
The district met all standards, and about 69 percent of tested students approached the grade level standard for all STAAR subjects. The district scored its highest mark in science with 77 percent of students approaching the grade level standard.
Success is about ensuring each of the district's roughly 1,300 students have a shot at reaching their potential, Helmer said.
For example, the district cultivates a "plus 10" mindset, which embraces the idea that every student should aim to increase their scores by 10 percentage points, she said.
"Every student can show growth," she said. "We are going to track and monitor that."
Success, she said, is not isolated to students who excel in class, she said. It's also a necessity for those who struggle with studies.
"If everybody grows, everyone is going to (improve)," she said.
Dedicated and passionate teachers are one way the district is working to make that mindset a reality, Helmer said. But other tools are available for teachers seeking new ways to mold minds, she said.
In early August, Goliad administrators invited Blue Ridge Superintendent John Wink to educate teachers on providing excellence in every classroom. That phrase also serves as the title of his 2016 book "A Leader's Guide to Excellence in Every Classroom."
Goliad teachers will take notes from Wink in an effort to help individual students and narrow achievement gaps, she said.
"We need to close our gap between Hispanic and white students," she said.