I f everyone connected with the Rockdale ISD had been walking around with their right shoulders in slings this week it would be understandable.
A lot of patting yourself on the back was called for after the Texas Education Agency’s district and campus accountability ratings were released last week.
Rockdale ISD “passed” with flying colors. (Blue and gold, maybe.) Not only did the district and all campuses meet standards, based on the new stricter, STAAR tests, Rockdale received three commendations from the state.
They are called “distinctions” and they aren’t easy to get. “Any school earning one or more distinctions should be recognized for its outstanding work taking place on that campus,” Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said.
Rockdale High School earned a distinction in social studies and the junior-high earned two distinctions, one in math and one for being among the state’s top 25 campuses in making student progress.
It’s almost impossible to overstate how important these annual state ratings are, or how much work by administrators, students and especially teachers in making this happen.
Teachers are the interface, in the words of the old tire commercial “where the rubber meets the road,” where the goals, policies and changes meet the young minds who will ultimately determine whether the second week in August is a happy, or not so happy time, for Texas school districts.
August, 2014, is very happy. Nice going everybody. Now, put some muscle relaxer on all those right shoulders. You deserve it.—M.B.