School accountability ratings are out for schools in Texas, and every one of the district's 14 campuses “Met Standard,” with Longview Early Graduation HS scoring a 62 when the state target was 35.

Report: LISD meets, exceeds state standards

Fri Aug 12, 2016

School accountability ratings are out for schools in Texas, and every one of the district's 14 campuses “Met Standard,” with Longview Early Graduation HS scoring a 62 when the state target was 35.

The Texas Education Agency rating system ranks school districts by three ratings: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard and Improvement Required. The system is used to measure student and educator performance levels. To meet the state's educational standards, a district or campus must meet at least three out of four measurements: Student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

Beth Bassett, Director of Instruction at LISD, explained the district's goals and plans for testing in response to the state's ratings.

"We set everything that we do at 70 percent, which is not necessarily state level and this year we are setting it to  90 percent so that 90 percent of our kids on benchmark tests, all the tests that we do so that we keep that high rigor on all the work that the kiddos do so it's not such a shock when they see the test, said Bassett. "So we don't teach to the test, we teach the kids so they can do well on the test."

LISD's Curriculum Department is interested in the student achievement (Index 1.)  This year, LISD scored 74, 14 points above the state target of 60.  Longview Early Graduate High School also brought in impressive numbers.LEGHS is an alternative school with a different state standard set at 35. The campus scored a full 27 points above the target.

"I am extremely proud of the hard work of our students and staff as recognized by this state accountability achievement,"  said Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox. "My hat is off to our staff and our district leaders...but my hat is really off to our students who felt like they could do it, and they did it. That is a perfect example of the district's focus on keeping the dream alive with every child in LISD and this is just part of the results coming to fruition."

Under the state accountability rating system, districts and campuses receive one of three ratings: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. To receive a rating of met standard the district must meet the state’s index target for either student achievement or student progress and for both closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

This year’s requirements increased in each student grade level and in each subject area.