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.
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.
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.
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.
|Rockdale ISD||Missed AYP|
|Cameron ISD||Met AYP|
|Yoe High||Met AYP|
|Cameron Elem.||Met AYP|
|Ben Milam Elem.||Met AYP|
|Milano ISD||Met AYP|
|Milano Elem.||Met AYP|
|Thorndale ISD||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)|