RISD campuses ‘recognized’ by TEA
Rockdale ISD’s 2010 accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) were the best since the agency switched to its current form of reporting ratings in 2004.
Rockdale Elementary School, Rockdale Intermediate School and Rockdale Junior-High School were all rated as “recognized.”
The district as a whole and Rockdale High School earned “acceptable” ratings.
Gause ISD earned an exemplary rating, Thorndale ISD was recognized and Milano ISD was acceptable.
The 2010 Rockdale ISD scores are similar to the 2009 ratings where the elementary and high schools were recognized and the junior-high was acceptable.
This year’s rankings reflect the splitting of the elementary (grades K-2) and intermediate (3-5) campuses, giving RISD three recognized campuses for the first time.
As good as Rockdale ISD’s scores were, they came within a hair of being even better.
“The district as a whole missed being ranked recognized by two percentage points on one test on one demographic group,” Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent, said.
“We are considering appealing the acceptable rating since we were so close to recognized,” he said.
“The elementary and intermediate missed moving up into the exemplary rating by one test and two demographic groups and the junior high missed exemplary by two tests, one demographic group on one test and two groups on the other,” Dr. Wright said.
In the past two years, Rockdale ISD campuses have received five recognized ratings.
In the previous five years, the only recognized rating earned by a Rockdale campus was in 2006 at the junior-high.
Administrators have been looking for a good year in accountability ratings since preliminary TAKS scores were received in April.
TAKS scores are the major factor in ratings although school completion rates, dropout rates and other criteria are also considered.
“I am very proud of the way our students, staff, campus, and districts administrators worked this year to educate the students of Rockdale ISD,” Dr. Wright said.
“The important thing to remember is that there was a lot of academic growth of our students K-8 and as high school juniors,” he said.
“We are proud of the ratings, but we realize we have more work to do to meet the district vision of every student being a learner,” Dr. Wright said. High marks
Gause ISD hit the “exemplary” rating finally, just missing out last year. Supt. Perry Bell said the district is very pleased. GISD is currently the smallest district in the county, housing just Pre-K through 8th grade.
“We are estatic,” Bell said. “We did not have to use the Texas Projection Measure to earn exemplary so our numbers were very solid.”
Bell said the district used student data analysis through the year to keep up with what areas and which students needed extra help. That is a process he said the district will continue to use.
“We will continue to look at bench marking and individual student progress.”
Milano was “acceptable” as a district, but earned “exemplary” marks at its high school and “recognized” at the junior high.
“Overall were are pleased, but are always striving for perfection,” Lindy Robinson, superintendent, said.
Robinson cited subgroups on particular campuses as areas of improvement.
“That’s why we have ratings...it really makes us look at our area of weakness,” she said. “We will be focusing on those spots and really focusing more (on how to help) those children.”
Milano Elementary received an “acceptable” rating.
Thorndale ISD was “recognized” as a district and at its elementary campus, while the high school and junior high school were deemed “academically acceptable.”
TISD superintendent Casey Callahan said that the district knows where work is needed.
“In a small school it just takes one subgroup (to get you). The economically disadvantaged math hurt us at both the middle school and the high school,” Callahan said.
However, he said several other subgroups at the high school were exemplary.
“We see some things to work on and will address those problems,” Callahan said.
Other area schools
Other Milam County school districts were at or above acceptable by the TEA.
Cameron ISD was deemed “acceptable” as a district, as was Yoe High School and Cameron Middle School. Both elementary campuses there, Cameron Elementary and Ben Milam Elementary received “recognized” ratings.
Buckholts ISD earned “recognized” status as a district and school. The small district had been “acceptable” last year.”
This year’s TEA rating system process included the Texas Projection Measure (TPM), as it did in 2009. According to the TEA website, “the TPM is an estimate of whether a student is likely to meet the standard (pass) and/or achieve commended performance (obtain the highest performance level) on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests at a future grade.”
The inclusion of this growth measurement plan saw a statewide increase in the number of “exemplary” and “recognized” districts and campuses.
Rockdale, Cameron and Gause did not use the TPM to calculate ratings. Thorndale, Milano and Buckholts ISDs did.
Rockdale ISD Acceptable
Cameron ISD Acceptable
Yoe High Acceptable
Cameron Middle Acceptable
Cameron Elem. Recognized
Ben Milam Elem. Recognized
Milano ISD Acceptable
Milano Elem. Acceptable
Thorndale ISD Recognized
Thorndale Middle Acceptable
Thorndale Elem. Recognized
Gause ISD Exemplary
Gause Elem. Exemplary
Buckholts ISD Recognized
Buckholts school Recognized