Eight SAISD campuses earn top number of state achievement distinctions

Eight SAISD campuses earn top number of state achievement distinctions

 Eight schools in the San Antonio Independent School District are among the best in the state under the new accountability system, earning the maximum number of Distinction Designations in key areas.

Up to three Academic Achievement Distinction Designations may be earned by schools rated as “Met Standard” when certain criteria are met: high performance in reading, high performance in math, and being in the top 25 percent of their comparison group of campuses for student progress.

Statewide only 759 of the more than 8,500 schools that were rated by the Texas Education Agency earned all three distinctions. Also, only seven school districts in Bexar County had campuses that earned the triple distinctions. 

The eight SAISD campuses that earned the three designations are: Arnold, Baskin, J.T. Brackenridge, Franklin, Kelly, and Wilson elementary schools, and the specialty schools Travis Early College High School and Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

In addition, two dozen other SAISD schools earned one or two distinction designations.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment that really shines a light on the good work that is taking place in SAISD schools, both by students and by educators,” Superintendent Dr. Sylvester Perez said. “We applaud these campuses and look forward to seeing the number of schools earning Distinction Designations under the new system grow in the future as we continue to raise the academic performance in SAISD.”

Perez said the district also will continue moving the needle on the graduation rate, which is a factor in the overall accountability system. SAISD has made great strides in keeping more students in school, with the 4-year graduation rate steadily increasing over the last few years to 81.8 percent for the class of 2012, an increase of more than 20 percentage points from the class of 2009 rate of 61.4 percent.

The state education agency debuted its new accountability system Aug. 8, when it released ratings for public school districts and campuses. Baskin Elementary School was among the SAISD campuses earning all three designations.

“My staff and I are very excited about getting the distinctions,” Baskin Principal Karen Rose said. “They’re a hard-working staff, but more importantly, they build relationships with the kids.”

Those relationships have a positive impact on academic performance. Every Baskin staff member is involved in mentoring or tutoring students, Rose said. Also, teachers take the time to learn about their students’ interests outside of school so they can be taken into account when personalizing instruction.

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