Major Local Districts Meet State Standards, 10 WISD Schools Don’t

(August 8, 2014) Major Central Texas school districts were among the 90 percent of districts statewide that met the state’s minimum education standards according to accountability ratings released Friday by the Texas Education Agency, but 10 Waco ISD schools failed to make the mark.

All schools in the Belton and Copperas Cove ISDs met the standards, according to the figures.

In the Temple ISD only Hector P. Garcia Elementary School came up short.

In the Killeen ISD, Willow Springs Elementary School failed to meet the standards.

In the Midway ISD all schools except for Spring Valley Elementary School met the standards.

But in Waco, Alta Vista, Brook Avenue, Cedar Ridge, Hillcrest, J.H. Hines, Lake Air and South Waco Elementary Schools failed to meet the standards as did Cesar Chavez, Carver and Indian Spring Middle Schools.

In all, 750 schools and 111 districts require improvement, the TEA said Friday, while more than 4,400 campuses that met the standard including some in Central Texas earned some kind of distinction in categories that included student progress and academic achievement in areas including English, math, science and social studies.

“Texans should be pleased to see the vast majority of districts, charters, and campuses are meeting the standards set in the second year of the state accountability system,” Education Commissioner of Michael Williams said.

“While the 2014 numbers are strong, the work continues in districts across our state to meet and exceed increasing state standards and the expectations of their local communities.”

Texas is in the process of remaking how it rates school districts and individual campuses after complaints from Williams, top state legislators and parents and teachers that too much emphasis was placed on standardized test scores.

The 2014 rankings are based on a system that rates schools on the basis of student test achievement, year-to-year student progress, progress in closing gaps in the performance of various student groups, and postsecondary readiness to succeed in the workforce, job training, the military or college.

A school must meet the targets on all four indexes.