Academic Readiness Scores Released for Texas School Districts

Lubbock ISD talks about their rating in the Texas Education Agency STAAR results and how they did this year.
By Monica Yantosh
myantosh@klbk13.tv

LUBBOCK, TX --
The Texas Education Agency released the STARR, or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness accountability report, and Lubbock ISD has been listed as meeting the standard.

The accountability rating looks at four different areas, which include student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and post-secondary readiness. Schools and districts are either listed as 'met standard' or 'improvement required', and overall Lubbock ISD is listed as 'met standard.'

There are, however, six campuses in LISD that have been listed as 'improvement required'. Those six campuses are Alderson, Ervin and Hodges elementary schools, Dunbar and Slaton middle schools, and Estacado high school. The year before, there were a total of 12 LISD campuses listed as 'improvement required'.

Berhl Robertson Jr., Ed.D. the superintendent of LISD, said that was a big improvement for the district.

"We had 12 campuses last year who had improvement required, that's a rating you do not want," Superintendent Robertson said. "And that's way too many, and so our goal was to reduce that as much as we could, and so when ratings came out, we cut it by 50%, and so very, very happy about that."

"I can't tell you how much I appreciate our teachers. You know, the last five years, we've had lots of changes and a lot going on, and I think, this past year, we've let them do the work, and show they can do the work, and we'll continue that moving forward," Superintendent Robertson said.

Superintendent Robertson said they already have goals set for the next year, and that includes getting all of their campuses off the list of 'improvement required' and moved to 'met standard'.

The district also improved on the area of student progress. This category looks at how students do in reading and math.  In total in LISD, ten campuses had double digit growth in this category.

"Our school district cares about what we're doing, we're about student progress and everybody ought to be about student progress," Superintendent Robertson said. "It's not about having a 90% passing, what we want to do is make sure that we're moving the bar in an upright manner every year."

Lubbock-Cooper ISD and Frenship ISD both are listed as met standard.

Across the state, 87.4% of schools 'met standard', and 9% of schools were listed as 'improvement required' according to the TEA website.

For a full list of where districts in the state fall, you can click
here.

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