Weatherford ISD board of trustees heard a report on accountability and academics during the school board meeting on Monday evening at the District Services Building.
Assistant Superintendent of Academics Deana Lopez gave the report on the district’s and campuses’ state accountability scores.
The scores are based on standardized test — known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)— performance and graduation rates, and the ratings examine student achievement and progress, closing the achievement gap and postsecondary readiness, according to TEA’s website.
Last year was the first in which districts were graded on an A-F scale. This year, campuses were also rated on an A-F scale.
Lopez detailed the scores that each campus made in domains for student achievement, academic growth, relative performance to other like districts and closing the gaps. Overall, the district, Weatherford High School, Seguin Elementary and Curtis Elementary earned a B. The rest of the elementary schools and Hall Middle School were graded a C, and Tison Middle School was graded a D.
Overall, improvement has been made in terms of state accountability scores. Last year, WISD was rated as a C, or 77, and improved five points to 82.
“Five is a pretty big jump,” Lopez said. “Sometimes we think that it’s not. This is on a scale score, so five is a pretty big jump.”
WHS, Hall Middle School and all elementary schools except for Seguin were identified as needing targeted support, according to Lopez’s presentation, while Tison Middle School was identified for comprehensive support. For Tison, the needed intervention calls for a two-day training for the principal and school improvement district coordinator, self-assessment, development of the targeted improvement plan and Effective Schools Framework full diagnostic in the spring.
Parents will be able to give input on the campus targeted improvement plan, and the plan will be presented to the board of trustees in November, according to the presentation. Elementary schools Crockett and Ikard and Hall Middle School will also receive intervention, but it’s confined to developing and presenting a targeted improvement plan and Effective Schools Framework self-assessment.
Lopez also gave a report on the academics department and touched on progress made in reading and writing focus, special education and dyslexia, career and technical education, the Behavior Emotional Social Support Team and curriculum. The goals for the school year are increasing student performance levels in reading and math, percentage of students reading on grade level, graduates who accomplish at least one of the college, career and military readiness indicators, students receiving entry-level career and technical education certifications and opportunities for stakeholders to be aware of youth mental health issues.
Board President Mike Guest thanked staff and principals on academic improvement at schools.
“Thank you, one for owning it and saying, ‘hey, we need to work on this’ and then going in there and changing it and fixing it and what you did,” Guest said. “We’re different from everybody else. We don’t hide where we’re failing, we don’t hide, we just go to work and we fix it.”
The board also approved a class size exception waiver at Wright Elementary for a bilingual kindergarten class and PlainsCapital Bank/Wealth Management and Trust Resolution.
The next WISD school board meeting is on Oct. 14.