Accountability wise, work remains to be done at Big Spring Independent School District.
Three years after being tagged as â€śacademically unacceptableâ€ť by the Texas Education Agency, BSISD fared little better In the revamped state accountability rankings â€” Big Spring was one of 80 school districts or charters in the state to receive a a rating of â€śimprovement required,â€ť the lowest of three possible ratings.
Almost 93 percent of school districts in the state received a â€śmet standardsâ€ť ranking, TEA officials said.
Under the new TEA system, districts, campuses and charters received one of three ratings under the new accountability system: Met Standard; Met Alternative Standard; or Improvement Required.
At the campus level, Big Spring High School was the only local school to receive a â€śmet standardâ€ť rating â€” all others received an â€śimprovement requiredâ€ť label.
The revised TEA ratings are based on a system that uses various indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of a district and each individual campus throughout the state than previous years, Education Commissioner Michael Williams said.
The performance index framework includes four areas:
â€˘ Student Achievement â€“ Represents a snapshot of overall performance across all subjects by the entire student body.
â€˘ Student Progress â€“ Monitors how students improve from one school year to the next. Growth is evaluated by subject and student group and includes results from all students, student groups by race/ethnicity, English language learners and special education students.
â€˘ Closing Performance Gaps â€“ Emphasizes improving academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing race/ethnicity student groups at each campus or district.
â€˘ Post-secondary Readiness â€“ Includes measures of high school completion, and beginning in 2014, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) performance at the post-secondary readiness standard.
Districts and campuses with students in grade 9 or above must meet targets on all four indexes. Districts and campuses with students in Grade 8 or lower must meet targets on the first three indexes (excluding Post-secondary Readiness).
District-wide, BSISD was rated as having met standards in all but one category â€” Closing Performance Gaps. Campus results include:
â€˘ Big Spring High School â€” Met Standard in all four categories.
â€˘ Big Spring Junior High â€” Met Standard in two of three categories.
â€˘ Goliad Elementary â€” Met Standard in one of three categories.
â€˘ Marcy Elementary â€” Improvement Required in all categories.
â€˘ Moss Elementary â€” Met Standard in two of three categories.
â€˘ Washington Elementary â€” Met Standard in one of three categories.
Other Howard County school districts fared much better in the ratings. Both Coahoma and Forsan received â€śmet standardâ€ť rankings at the district level and at all campuses.