Superintendent Message (Dec. 15, 2016)

A-F state ratings preview

Dec. 15, 2016

Dear SAISD Staff,

Shortly after we return from winter break you likely will be hearing news about A-F ratings under the state’s new accountability system, which is still being developed. As part of that development, and to prepare for implementing the new system in 2018, the TEA will release a report in early January showing the ratings that each district and campus would have received for the 2015-16 school year, if the A-F system had been in place.

These ratings will be based on STAAR and other data for the 2015-16 school year, which is the baseline year for our transformative efforts. And while these are not the official ratings, they do provide us with feedback that we will want to review and utilize as we work to realize our ambitious goals to increase academic performance.

Development of the new accountability system will continue, with additional input from stakeholders, until spring 2018, when the final rules will be adopted.

We have known this new accountability system was coming, and even incorporated it into our 5-Year Plan, setting our top goal of having 70 percent of our schools rated A or B by 2020.

We won’t know until sometime tomorrow what methodologies the state plans to use in determining the A-F ratings. Our staff has embraced transparency and accountability, and we will continue to work with the state to ensure that our schools are evaluated fairly.

Remember that these ratings will reflect a starting point for us. We set our goals last year, so 2015-16 is our baseline, the year to which we compare our future performance to assess our progress as a district.

We expect to see modest improvement in some of the 5-Year Goal areas this year, but it will take more time to see similar progress for some of the other goals.  We still have much to do.

Together we are now doing the painstaking work of establishing systems and creating conditions for excellence throughout SAISD.  We are putting in place innovative models (see examples listed below) for improved academic performance in our schools. We cannot expect lasting change without this critical work.

I’m proud of the hard work that is being done by our staff and students. I thank you all for our focus on our students.  And I wish you all safe and happy holidays.

Sincerely,
Pedro

 

Learn more about some of the innovative educational models within our District:

Advanced Learning Academy
CAST Tech High School

Twain Dual Language Academy

Young Men’s Leadership Academy

Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Aspiring Principals Program

Relay Secondary Master’s Teacher program and Lab school

Texas A&M-SA Master of Science in Reading program