2015 Accountability & Projected Ratings 8/5/15
At its August 3 meeting, the RISD Board heard projections of 2015 accountability ratings, based primarily on STAAR results from the 2014-15 school year (see June 5 story on 2015 STAAR results). Because new mathematics standards were being implemented last school year, math STAAR results were not included in ratings. RISD's performance in mathematics is traditionally strong, and the exclusion of STAAR math results in grades 3-8 is expected to have a negative impact on school ratings under the accountability system.
The district and 50 RISD schools are expected to be rated "Met Standard" for 2015, while three campuses are expected to be rated "Improvement Required (IR)." Two of the three schools expected to be rated IR, Carolyn G. Bukhair Elementary and RISD Academy, would have been rated Met Standard if mathematics results had been included in the accountability system. The district is pursuing an appeal with the Texas Education Agency on behalf of those two campuses.
"STAAR results are the backbone of school ratings in Texas," said Dr. Waggoner. "While opinions among stakeholders about standardized assessments vary, we view the tests as a valuable tool that helps us determine if a student has mastered the curriculum. Some of our results this year are disappointing, and we have been evaluating curriculum, programs, services, and support systems.
"While we want our students and schools to be successful under any objective measure, the true value of an assessment system lies in providing useful information to educators to support individual student achievement. We will continue to evaluate our accountability results and will allocate resources to support both teachers and students.
"We have high expectations in RISD and we're not here to make excuses. We are meeting this challenge head on and I'm very confident we will be successful."
Distinctions, which are available to schools and districts in academic subjects based on student performance compared to peers across the state, will be released by the state along with district and school ratings on Aug 7.
See projected 2015 school ratings
Learn more about accountability system