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MISD getting ready to start new school year

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

Workouts in football, volleyball, cross country and cheerleading began with a bang on the first Monday of August. It appears as if we will have very good participation this year. I believe that one way of keeping our teens focused is to get them involved in student activities. The more activities a student is involved with, the less likely it is that they will become involved in things detrimental to themselves and others.

The MISD maintenance and custodial staff is working feverishly to get classrooms and schools ready for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 26. Staff development for all teachers will be held the week of Monday, Aug. 19. Our annual substitute teacher workshop will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15.

The first football scrimmage will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at Bremond. Volleyball has already had two scrimmages and our spikers began their season in earnest with a trip to our neighbors in Rockdale on Tuesday and will participate in the Cameron Tournament this weekend.

On Thursday, the Texas Education Agency released the 2013 state accountability ratings for school districts, charter schools, and individual campuses across the state of Texas. Milano ISD and all of its campuses have “Met Standard” under the new accountability system.

In the first year of the new accountability system, schools and districts received either a rating of “met standard” or “required improvement.” The new accountability system mea- sures schools and districts with a four-index model using the following indices: • Student Achievement • Student Progress • Closing the performance gap • Post secondary readiness

The f irst Indices, student achievement, measures the percentage of students passing the state assessment exams. To pass this component of the accountability system, a school or school district is required to score a 50 or more. The second indices, student progress, measures the percentage of students who met progress or exceeded progress in State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness grades fourth-eighth and the five high school end- of- course exams. To pass this area, the following scores need to be met: 30 for elementary schools, 29 for middle schools, 17 for high schools and 21 for the school district.

The third indices, closing performance gaps, measures the percentage of students in performance gaps groups who passed the state assessment. Tests that are included in this category are the STAAR grades third-eighth and the five high school endof course exams. Each school and school district is measured by the three performance gap groups that showed the lowest growth during the 2011-12 school year. These identified groups will vary from campus to campus and from school district to school district. The fourth indices, post secondary readiness, measures the graduation rate, the recommended high school plan and the distinguished high school plan. To pass this index, a school or school district is required to score a 75 or more.


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