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Proposed Operations Center Updated 9/4/15
At its August 3 meeting, the Board heard information and viewed a preliminary site plan related to the proposed construction of an operations center on vacant district property between Abrams Road and Greenville Avenue. The facility would provide additional functional space for support operations and consolidate a number of functions currently housed at different locations around the district, including Facility Services, Child Nutrition, Bond Project Management, Purchasing, Testing/Accountability, Textbooks, Warehouse, Print Shop, and Transportation.

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Focus Accounts Available September 18 9/1/15
RISD is continuing implementation of a new student information system called Focus. When ready, Focus will allow parents and students to view grade and attendance information online, replacing Star Portal. On September 18, parents are expected to be able to sign up for Focus accounts through risd.org, and students will begin receiving Focus account information through their school. In the meantime, parents with questions about grades should contact their child’s teacher, while questions about attendance should be directed to the school’s front office.

 
 

School Accountability Ratings, Distinctions Released 8/7/15
Formal accountability ratings for districts and schools were released today by the Texas Education Agency. As projected, RISD and 50 schools received a rating of “Met Standard” (See August 5 story below for more information about school ratings).

Academic distinction information for schools has also been released. Schools can earn academic distinctions in up to seven different academic areas based on strong performance compared to a peer group of demographically similar schools around Texas. Overall, 42 of 53 RISD schools (79%) received at least one distinction, with three schools earning all possible distinctions.

A third ratings component is also now available for 2015, the Community and Student Engagement Accountability System (CSE) rating. It is designed to evaluate schools and districts in nine areas not assessed by the STAAR test. RISD’s CSE rating for 2015 is “Recognized,” and each school earned a rating of either “Recognized” or “Exemplary.”

See 2015 Campus Distinctions
See 2015 CSE Ratings

 
 

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

 
 
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