Galveston ISD Improves to “Acceptable” with the Official Release of TEA Rankings
Drop-out and completion numbers rise dramatically
GALVESTON, TX – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released scores for the Galveston Independent School District under the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) on Friday, following a short press conference at 1 p.m. The district ranked “Academically Acceptable,” an improvement over last year when it 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."
To view particular scores, visit the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/.
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 75.7 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."
The rankings of two schools changed from the district’s preliminary figures when the official scores were released by TEA. Oppe Elementary is now ranked “Acceptable” although 12 out of 13 categories rated as “Exemplary” or “Recognized.” The English Language Learners Progress Indicator category that measures the proficiency of students new to the English language showed Oppe students in that category passed at a 51 percent rate when the state required students to pass at 60 percent rate to earn a “Recognized” ranking.
AIM College and Career Preparatory earned "Acceptable" status. The school originally wasn’t listed with a ranking when preliminary numbers were announced. One other school, KIPP Coastal Village wasn't rated by TEA this year due to being a new school under the TAKS system.
Under the AEIS ratings, Austin Middle School will be ranked "Exemplary" for the third year in a row, while Galveston Early College High School achieved "Recognized" status. Crenshaw School, Morgan Elementary, and Parker Elementary are set to be "Acceptable" status. Tentative scores show 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 have passed in Math to receive an "Acceptable" rating. Central scored well on all standardized tests other than the Science category.
Click on the names of schools below to view the particular scores or visit the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account.