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September 22, 2013

Report: WISD assessment scores above state averages

By DERIK MOORE | WISD Director of Public Information

Weatherford ISD Board members were pleased that the district’s state assessment scores had exceeded state averages in each of the four new index target areas after hearing a detailed report at the Sept. 12 monthly meeting in the District Services Building Boardroom.

Linda Crownover, WISD Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, said the results were based on last school year’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams. She reminded the board that the state’s new accountability system is still in a phase-in process.

“The 2012-13 school year was a busy one,” Crownover said. “The Texas Legislature was in session, a new accountability ratings system was implemented, and the abandonment of the CSCOPE lessons was taking place.”

Crownover said the district is in the process of writing its own lessons that align with the curriculum system management system called the TEKS Resource System.

According to the Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative website, the TEKS Resource System includes curriculum and assessment components aligned to the most current versions of the State Board of Education-adopted TEKS for English Language Arts and Reading (grades K-12), Mathematics (grades K-12), Science (grades K-12), Social Studies (grades K-12), Spanish Language Arts and Reading (grades K-5), and Spanish translated versions of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies (grades K-5).

WISD Board President Paul Paschall said he has been amazed at the progress the district has made so far with its curriculum-writing process.

In other action, Seguin Elementary Principal Andy Pool presented his campus report to the board.

Pool’s report focused on Seguin Elementary students showing each board member how they use a computer-based learning system called iStation.

iStation is a tool teachers use to help teach students how to read by assessing their skills accurately, engaging them in lessons that address their individual needs, continually monitoring their progress, and augmenting on-screen lessons with powerful teacher-led tutorials.

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