Dr. Quintin Shepherd

Dr. Quintin Shepherd

Report card information came out this midweek,

On the website it all looks so sleek.

Some schools seem strong and some seem weak,

The “report card monster” has become a real freak.

The grades are so shrouded in a cloud of mystique,

Much of the explanation seems like doublespeak.

It seems so confusing, like reading ancient Greek and can be so fun if you’re a real data geek.

The test questions are hard and some are antique;

Like asking a child what’s the capital of Mozambique?

Our kids would stumble and bubble and squeak,

As they filled out the tests, week after week.

For years and years, our outlook seemed bleak;

Our path to improvement was undoubtedly oblique.

Some whisper, some shout, and some would just speak,

Some cry, some moan and others would shriek.

Some were bold and some were meek,

Some are so cool, they come off as chic.

Some may have been a little tongue in their cheek,

And many were quick to offer their critique.

But alas now we’ve come to that day of the week,

Where it seems we’ve hit upon some winning streak.

Some minor adjustments and one little tweak,

We’ve adapted, evolved and changed our technique.

Our scores won’t reach the cover of People, Time or Newsweek,

But come take a look or even just a peek.

Nothing we’ve done is really unique,

Our goal has always been to climb our own peak.

Tonight, when it’s bedtime for your little pipsqueak,

Whether their name is Martin or Becky, Phillip or Monique,

Give them your love and a peck on the cheek,

Remember, our goal never changes, so let me re-speak,

Our spirit is willing, and our flesh is not weak;

Know that it’s continuous improvement we seek.

Dr. Shepherd is the superintendent of the Victoria Independent School District.

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Dale Zuck

Nice explanation for low district standardized test scores. The only problem with your explanation is that all Texas children are asked the same questions on the same day. The real problem is that of all the surrounding school districts, Victoria ISD is at the bottom, only Bloomington ISD ranks below us.

So what is the cause of our school district once again being at the bottom of Texas School Districts? Teachers? Students? Parents? Superintendent? It is my suggestion is that the District leaders, it's trustees, are the the problem . They were elected to lead and at least five members of the Board have served on the Board for 9 years or more. What has changed in their tenure? Nothing. Our districts test scores have gotten worse.

So how do we change this spiraling pattern of being the bottom of school district performance? The solution is a new Board and giving our Superintendent, the Staff and the Community the opportunity to change the direction of our School District. Our Trustees have failed at their job. Five of them should be placed in time out and let new leadership aright the sinking ship. Sorry Tami, you had your chance and you have failed our children.

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