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Rockdale ISD misses federal mark for third straight year

It’s become an annual summertime ritual. The Rockdale ISD gets good news from the Texas Education Agency, followed a week later by not quite so good news from federal education accountability standards.

For the third straight year the district failed to meet the Adequate Yearly Performance (AYP) standards, as measured under the No Child Left Behind program.

In 2010, the district as a whole missed goals in reading and math, both relating to the numbers of special education students taking an alternative TAKS test.

Rockdale High School and Rockdale Junior-High School met AYP goals.

Rockdale Intermediate School, as a new campus, was not subject to AYP evaluation.

Rockdale Elementary School was viewed as a “feeder” campus to the intermediate and was not separately evaluated.

The two schools were on one campus prior to the 2009-10 term.

Two-percent cap

Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent, said the district received its “missed AYP” rating because it was over the two-percent cap of students allowed to take the TAKS-M (modified) test.

“Only two percent of the test takers may take an alternative assessment other than TAKS and TAKS Accommodate,” he said. “We were above the approved minimum percentage of test takers raking the TAKS-M.”

Dr. Wright said the district is “continually working” on improving its AYP status.

“We have made strides in reducing the number of students taking the alternative test,” he said. “We are aware of the two-percent cap but we are also committed to test students with the appropriate assessment.

“It is our mission to provide a world class education system where every student is a learner, every learner is a graduate and every graduate is a success,” he said.

Three years

In 2008, the Rockdale ISD missed AYP goals in reading and math and the junior-high missed the AYP standards in math.

Last year the district missed AYP only in reading, a ranking administrators said was also due to special education test scores (participation and results) in the TAKS-M test.

Countywide

Rockdale ISD was the only district in Milam County to miss AYP standards in 2010.

Milano, Thorndale, Cameron, Gause and Buckholts, and all individual campuses within those districts met the AYP standards.

SCHOOL RATINGS
IN MILAM COUNTY
Rockdale ISD Missed AYP
RHS Met AYP
RJH Met AYP
Intermediate **
Elementary *
Cameron ISD Met AYP
Yoe High Met AYP
CJH Met AYP
Cameron Elem. Met AYP
Ben Milam Elem. Met AYP
Milano ISD Met AYP
MHS Met AYP
MJH Met AYP
Milano Elem. Met AYP
Thorndale ISD Met AYP
THS Met AYP
Thorndale Middle Met AYP
Thorndale Elem. Met AYP
Gause ISD Met AYP
Gause Elem. Met AYP
Buckholts ISD Met AYP
Buckholts school Met AYP
* Not separately evaluated
** Not evaluated (new campus)


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