2014 State Accountability Ratings

Dr. Sylvester Perez1
August 8, 2014,

Dear SAISD Staff,

The Texas Education Agency is scheduled to publicly release final state accountability ratings later today. I wanted to share our results with you ahead of time. I think they serve as evidence of our District’s hard work toward continued progress and as a guide for continued improvement.

The District and 69 of our campuses received the Met Standard rating, which was more difficult to attain this year. And, notably, 46 of those schools went beyond and earned Distinction Designations in one or more areas for exceptional achievement or progress! That’s up from 32 schools earning one or more distinctions last year.

Four campuses – Baskin and Highland Hills elementary schools, Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Travis Early College High School – earned distinctions in all possible areas, a major accomplishment achieved by a small percentage of schools statewide.

The designations highlight student progress, post-secondary readiness and closing the gap for disadvantaged students, as well as notable academic achievement in reading, math, science or social studies.

Kudos to our staff – and to our students who put in hard work – on these distinctions!

In addition to these academic highlights, we can be proud this year that:

  • We continue to see more students graduate on time, meaning they graduated four years after they first entered 9th grade. Our on-time, 4-year graduation rate increased to 83.3 percent from 81.8 percent. Just six years ago, for the class of 2007, the rate was 60.5 percent.
     
  • Five of our high schools posted 4-year graduation rates above 90 percent! Those high schools are Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech and Jefferson.
     
  • Our 4-year dropout rate is down to the single digits at half a dozen schools, with Edison High School’s being the lowest, at 4.1 percent. While at the District level we saw a slight decrease in the number of students dropping out, it was not enough to change the dropout rate – it remains at 12.1 percent. It’s important to remember that the dropout rate for the class of 2007 was 26 percent, so we have made tremendous progress in recent years.

We will continue our efforts to keep more students in school through graduation and are committed to providing support through non-traditional settings, such as Cooper Academy and Navarro High School, for students who wish to continue for a fifth year or earn their GED.

To receive a Met Standard rating, the District and each campus must meet standards set in each of four indices: Student Performance, Student Progress, Closing the Performance Gap and Post-Secondary Readiness. 

With the higher bar to meet this year, we had 18 campuses – up from 17 last year – that did not meet standards in one or more of those four areas, giving them the rating of “Improvement Required.”  Three high schools, six middle schools and nine elementary schools fell into this category.

While significant work is needed, it is good to see that all but one SAISD school met the progress standard, which is Index 2 in the accountability system. We believe this particular index is a critical area for overall student success. Also, it is of note that eight schools that previously were IR earned the Met Standard rating this year.

In an effort to continue improving, San Antonio ISD will have a hyper focus on student progress, tracking growth for every student and monitoring student performance weekly to identify challenge areas and address them through strategic interventions.

This year, additional support will be provided through the Lead4ward organization, an educational support group that provides districts and campuses with professional development of campus leadership, data analysis, monitoring tools and interventions. Included in this effort is the use of Eduphoria software to assist with efficiently analyzing data, running numerous reports and identifying student groups for learning.

Also, SAISD received a Recognized rating for the new HB 5 Community and Student Engagement component of the accountability system. And 83 percent of our campuses were rated as Recognized or Exemplary on the District-developed criteria.

Together we can make a difference in the coming year. I don’t want your hard work and progress to get lost in the news about schools in need of improvement. We are making progress.

Yes, make no mistake, we have lots of work to do, but I want you to know that I see your challenges, your triumphs and your progress. Let’s embrace what we have done right and resolve to work together to build on our successes.

 

Sincerely,
Dr. Sylvester Perez
Superintendent

 

 

 
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