The Texas Education Association (TEA) released accountability ratings for schools just in time for the first day of the new academic school year.
The 85th Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 22, establishing three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses: Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps. Districts and campuses receive a rating of A, B, C, D or F for overall performance, as well as for performance in each domain.
Taylor ISD was one of the schools in the area that saw improvement from last year’s ratings.
"We are proud that our district's rating has improved. It reflects a commitment that our Board of Trustees has made to provide a quality education to our students,” said Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown. “We are very proud of our teachers and students for their hard work to improve on standardized testing."
Taylor ISD received a B rating, which is an improvement from last year’s C rating.
"The success can be attributed to many of our graduates in the class of 2018 meeting college, career and military readiness (CCMR) standards,” Brown said. “Students can earn CCMR for various reasons to include earning college credit while in high school, earning industry certifications, scoring at a certain level on their ACT/SAT exams, etc. Our success also reflects improvement in our STAAR performance in some areas."
Taylor earned a B in two of the categories, Student Achievement and School Progress, and a C in Closing the Gaps.
Pasemann Elementary, TH Johnson and Taylor Middle School all received a D rating overall, and Brown said the district recognizes the area of improvement.
"TH Johnson and Pasemann's ratings are based solely on STAAR results. We are increasing our focus on literacy in Grades Pre K-3,” he said. “We are entering our second year of implementing a research-based phonics program.”
He said there is a group of teachers that participate in a year-long training offered by TEA that supports quality reading instruction.
“For Taylor Middle School, we are modifying our schedule to dedicate more time to reading and writing," he said.
Taylor High School and Main Street Intermediate both received a C rating while Legacy Early College earned an A rating.
Brown said the district realizes that literacy is the greatest need.
“We will continue to work on this which will result in our students scoring higher on state exams and being better prepared for all subjects as well as subsequent grades, " he said. "In Taylor ISD we are much more than a test score. We are growing leaders for tomorrow who are College, Career and Military Ready."
A report on accountability ratings for Granger, Thrall and Hutto ISD will be in the Wednesday edition of the Taylor Press.