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November 18th, 2009
San Marcos CISD receives TEA recognition

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos CISD (SMCISD) was given a total of fifteen Gold Performance Acknowledgements (GPAs) in the updated state accountablility reports, released on Nov. 4 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA.) The district received 12 GPAs in 2008 and six in 2007.

Bowie Elementary School and Crockett Elementary School both received four GPAs. DeZavala Elementary School and San Marcos High School received two each. Goodnight  Junior High and PRIDE High School each received one GPA.

Of the GPAs received by the district, six were for commended performance on Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests, which means that at least thirty percent of students in every subgroup earned a commended score on the TAKS test they took in the spring of 2009. The standard for a GPA for commended performance is higher this year than the standard in 2008, which was twenty-five percent Commended.

The standard for recommended high School plan is also higher this year at 85 per cent  up from 80 percent last year. Two GPAs recognized the district’s percentage of  graduates under the higher standards for recommended high school plan.

Seven of the district’s GPAs were for comparable improvement. This GPA means that the campus outperformed at least 75 percent of demographically comparable schools in Texas. The comparable improvement GPA represents that the awarded school is among the most academically improved campuses in its class in the state.

Bowie Elementary School received GPAs for commended performance in both math and writing and for comparable improvement for reading/English language arts (ELA) and math. Crockett Elementary School was awarded GPAs for commended performance in both math and writing and for comparable improvement for reading/ELA and math.  De Zavala Elementary was recognized for commended performance in math and a comparable improvement in math. Travis Elementary received a GPA for its rank of comparable improvement in math. Goodnight Junior High was recognized with a GPA for comparable improvement in reading/ELA.

San Marcos High School was awarded GPAs for commended performance in social studies and for the percentage of graduates in the recommended high school program for the Class of 2008. PRIDE High School received a GPA for the percentage of graduates in the recommended high school program for the Class of 2008.

SMCISD Superintendent Patty Shafer commended the hard work of students and district staff.

“We’re proud of the accomplishments of students and faculty; we continue to receive more Gold Performance Acknowledgements even as standards increase,” she said.

Campuses receiving the Gold Performance Acknowledgement will be recognized at the SMCISD school board meeting in December.

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