No AYP scores for RISD
The long-awaited waiver from federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores was granted for Texas school districts last week and that means the Rockdale ISD will be clear of any unfavorable campus or district test ratings through spring, 2014.
In August, the district as a whole and all individual campuses not only received a “met standards” rating in the Texas Education Agency’s annual accountability ratings, the juniorhigh earned a “distinction.”
In previous years the AYP ratings (no child left behind) had followed the TEA marks by one week. But the state applied for a waiver after a series of changes in federal scoring standards would have required virtually every school in the state to have scored 100 percent in all indicators by next year to “pass.”
“For this year the only ratings Rockdale ISD will receive will be the TEA’s,” Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and administration, said. “There will be some improvement requirements for some districts and campuses.”
“Regardless of these requirements, Rockdale ISD will continue to identify areas of growth and address there areas from all directions,” she said. “Parents will continue to see instructional expectations increase.”