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July 29th, 2011
The List: Do San Marcos schools measure up?

The Texas Education Agency on Friday released school accountability ratings based on student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Four elementary schools in San Marcos earned Recognized ratings but for two of those, it was a step down from Exemplary.

District/School 2011 rating 2010 rating
San Marcos CISD
San Marcos High Acceptable Acceptable Read More
Goodnight Middle Acceptable Recognized Read More
Miller Middle Acceptable Acceptable Read More
Bowie Elementary Recognized Exemplary Read More
Crockett Elementary Recognized Exemplary Read More
DeZavala Elementary Recognized Recognized Read More
Travis Elementary Acceptable Recognized Read More
Hernandez Elementary Recognized Recognized Read More
Mendez Elementary Acceptable Acceptable Read More
Hays CISD
Jack C. Hays High Acceptable Acceptable Read More
Lehman High Acceptable Acceptable Read More
Academy High Acceptable Acceptable Read More
Barton Middle Acceptable Recognized Read More
Dahlstrom Middle Acceptable Recognized Read More
Wallace Middle Acceptable Recognized Read More
Chapa Middle Acceptable Recognized Read More
Simon Middle Acceptable Acceptable Read More
Kyle Elementary Recognized Recognized Read More
Tom Green Elementary Acceptable Recognized Read More
Buda Elementary Recognized Exemplary Read More
Elm Grove Elementary Exemplary Exemplary Read More
Fuentes Elementary Recognized Exemplary Read More
Hemphill Elementary Acceptable Acceptable Read More
Tobias Elementary Recognized Recognized Read More
Negley Elementary Exemplary Exemplary Read More
Science Hall Elementary Acceptable Recognized Read More
Blanco Vista Elementary Recognized Recognized Read More
Camino Real Elementary Recognized Recognized Read More
Carpenter Hill Elementary Exemplary N/A Read More
Pfluger Elementary Recognized N/A Read More

 

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4 thoughts on “The List: Do San Marcos schools measure up?

  1. FROM SAN MARCOS CISD:

    On Friday, July 29, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released state accountability ratings for the 2010-2011 school year. Standards for ratings this year were higher as two new components, Commended Performance and English Language Learner Progress measure, were added to the system which evaluates schools and districts on TAKS passing rates, the dropout rate for grades 7 and 8, and the completion rate for high school seniors.

    Four SMCISD elementary schools–Bowie, Crockett, DeZavala, and Hernandez–earned Recognized Ratings from the Texas Education Agency. All other campuses and the district are Academically Acceptable.

    SMCISD Superintendent of Schools, Mark E. Eads, notes growth in performance despite a nominal drop in ratings. “SMCISD saw growth in 18 of 24 TAKS performance measures assessed. This year’s ratings did not account for student growth through the Texas Projection Measure as last year’s ratings did, and our schools continue to make progress,” Eads said.

    District-wide performance in Reading, Writing, and Math were at recognized levels with social studies performance at an exemplary level. Percentages of students performing at commended rates in reading and math were also at recognized levels. The district saw the strongest growth in math and science scores, and science performance remains the greatest challenge for the district.

    The district is aggressively pursuing performance in science, working in conjunction with Texas State University on the STELLAR grant which supports science instruction in grades K-8 and with a National Science Foundation Grant, Project Flowing Waters, which engages students and faculty in grades 6-12. SMCISD faculty presented strategies at a STELLAR conference earlier this week.

    “We are aware of our challenges and are working closely in conjunction with Texas State to leverage state and federal resources to address our local challenges—and to share our findings with the rest of the state. We are poised and ready to meet the higher standards of the new STAAR assessments which our students will begin taking in the spring of 2012,” notes Yolanda Almendarez, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.

  2. I would like to remind everyone that there is a Special Called Board Meeting this upcoming Monday, August 1st at 5:30 p.m. The board will be meeting at the SMCISD Central Office Building. (501 South LBJ Drive).

  3. Two exemplary campuses dropped to recognized. Two recognized campuses dropped to acceptable. The district dropped from recognized to acceptable. That’s not a nominal drop. Enough with the spin attempts.

    Enough smoke and mirrors. Every year, our poor results are explained away by changes in how things are measured. Somehow other districts manage to get good ratings.

    That the TPM was not included this year, only means that these are the real results, not some bogus “projected” results. If we have been improving, then that means last year’s applauded results were actually even worse than these.

    Just tell us how we’re going to fix this mess. We’re a “property wealthy” district, with resources that few, if any, other districts have. There is no excuse for not striving for an exemplary rating.

  4. I think we need more adult tutors/mentors for the kids. One-on-One teaching is pretty great stuff. My son made 5s on the AP World History and American History tests. He has had great teachers. Then, to supplememt that, he and my husband yack history for hours after school. Nothing like having someone-who-really-loves-a-subject to hang with.

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