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August 28, 2013

Area school districts meet standards

Springtown superintendent vows low-rated elementary campus will improve

By SALLY SEXTON

Earlier this month, the Texas Education Agency released copies of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, making the assessments available for viewing on the agency’s website.

“We know that we are asking more of our students and educators under the STAAR program,” said Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams. “Our students and teachers are still adjusting to the new expectations, but it is clear we must improve instruction to meet 21st century demands.”

The 2012-13 school year was the second since the STAAR was implemented.

Campuses were rated on four indexes: Index 1 for Student Achievement; Index 2 for Student Progress; Index 3 for Closing Performance Gaps; and Index 4 for post-secondary readiness.

Aledo ISD

Aledo ISD presented its results to the board at last week’s trustee meeting.

The high school campus, Don Daniel Ninth Grade Center, Aledo Middle School, McAnally Intermediate, Coder Elementary, McCall Elementary, Stuard Elementary and Vandagriff Elementary all received a Met Standard, the highest rating awarded by the state.

The high school also received a Top 25 Percent Student Progress distinction, while the Ninth Grade Center received distinctions in Top 25 Percent and English/Language Arts.

“We are pleased with the results released from TEA regarding the performance of Aledo ISD on the recent STAAR test administration,” Aledo superintendent Derek Citty said. “All of our campuses worked hard to meet and exceed the requirements of this performance milestone. While we are pleased with the results, Aledo ISD will use these results as a benchmark for continued improvement in the future.”

Springtown ISD

For Springtown ISD, the district as a whole received Met Standard.

Springtown High School, Springtown Middle School, Reno Elementary and Springtown Elementary all received Met Standard, with Springtown Intermediate receiving a distinction in mathematics.

“The new system certainly included some positive areas, not the least of which was Springtown Intermediate’s ‘Distinction Earned’ award for Academic Achievement in Mathematics,” Springtown superintendent Michael Kelley said. “As a campus, the staff there really focused on bringing up the math scores from 2012’s assessment. Their hard work, coupled with committed students and parents, allowed significant achievement to occur. Now they’ll face the challenge of maintaining that positive momentum, and I believe that they’ll meet it.”

Goshen Elementary received an Improvement Required rating, which is assigned to a district or campus that did not meet one or more performance index targets in 2013. Due to the transitional issues in the first two years of the new accountability system, Required Improvement calculations will not be applied in 2013.

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