GISD Expected to Improve to “Academically Acceptable” TEA Rating
for 2010-2011 School Year
GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston Independent School District is expected to receive the rating of “Academically Acceptable” from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) once it releases its annual ratings under the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) to districts on July 28. The rating is an improvement over last year when the district was rated “Unacceptable” due to dropout and completion numbers. This year, drop-out and completion numbers drastically improved and the district met the standards in 32 different categories to be rated “Acceptable.”
“We had specific goals this year and we achieved them both: to reduce the non-completion and drop-out rate and to raise our academic rating to the ‘Acceptable’ level,” said Superintendent of Schools Larry Nichols. “Still, our work is far from over and there were many scores that simply weren’t good enough at the school level. There are a lot of things we did well and things we must improve on.”
The drop-out rate, which tracks whether students in the 7th-12th grade leave school and don’t graduate, fell to just 0.3 percent as opposed to 1.3 percent in last year’s ratings. The completion rate, measuring what percentage of high school students graduate on time, nearly achieved “Recognized” status at a 83.2 percent rate, up from 77.4 percent the previous year. Districts need an 85 percent rate to achieve a “Recognized” rating.
This year, TEA removed the controversial Texas Projection Measure (TPM) from the scoring system, which once gave many Texas schools higher rankings based on the projected improvement of students at schools in future years. Schools also faced a stiffer challenge in earning rankings, with requirements 65 percent of the students to pass in Math (up from 60 percent in 2009-2010) and 60 percent of students to pass in Science (up from 55 percent in 2009-2010). Also, one-quarter of students had to earn “Commended Performances” (scoring 90 percent or higher on tests) in Reading and Math in order for schools to be ranked “Exemplary.”
Under the AEIS ratings, Austin Middle School will be ranked “Exemplary” for the third year in a row, while Galveston Early College High School, and Oppe Elementary achieved “Recognized” status. Crenshaw School, Morgan Elementary, and Parker Elementary are set to be “Acceptable” status. Tentative scores show Oppe placed only a few students away from being named “Exemplary” as well as Morgan and Parker only a few more passing students away from placing at the “Recognized” level.
Ball High School, Central Middle School, Weis Middle School, and Early Childhood University (ECU) ranked as “Unacceptable.” Ball High needed two more students to pass in the Math category to receive an “Acceptable” rating. Central scored well on all standardized tests other than the Science category. KIPP wasn’t rated by TEA this year due to being a new school under the TAKS system.
“We have already made staffing adjustments at those schools ranked ‘Unacceptable,’” said Superintendent Nichols. “We will have faculty at schools best suited to the needs of our students. We expect results from our staff and we are going to get them.”
Please visit www.gisd.org on July 28 to view the official scores and breakdowns from each school or visit the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/.