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Area school districts had a strong showing overall in the Texas Education Agency’s 2019 state accountability ratings that were released to the public Thursday for more than 1,200 schools and charter districts, along with their campuses.

In 2017, the 85th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 22, which changed the state’s district and campus accountability rating system to an A-F letter grade system based on overall performance, as well as for performance in three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps.

Student Achievement measures what students know and can do by the end of the year, according to the TEA website, while School Progress measures how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically advantaged students.

Closing the Gaps is based on performance among student groups, including various racial and ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors.

According to the TEA website, 70 percent of the accountability rating is based on the better of Student Achievement or Student Progress, while the remaining 30 percent is based on performance in the Closing the Gaps domain.

In the 2019 state accountability ratings, both school districts and campuses received A-F ratings. Last year, only school districts were rated in the A-F system while campuses remained on the old system.

 

Kingsville ISD

“B” (84 points)

Last year, Kingsville ISD was one of only 16 multi-campus districts and charter districts across the state of Texas to receive an “F” rating, scoring 57 out of a possible 100 points.

For 2019, KISD has pulled itself out of a failing grade, scoring 84 overall to receive a “B” rating. In the rated domains, the district received a “C” in Student Achievement (74), a “B” in Student Progress (89) and a “C” in Closing the Gaps (72).

“This year, the teachers stepped up to the plate and they did it,” KISD Superintendent Elida Bera said. “All of the credit goes to them.”

H.M. King High School also received a “B” rating with a score of 81, with a “B” in School Progress (85) and “C” ratings in Student Achievement (76) and Closing the Gaps (73).

Memorial Middle School received a “C” rating, earning 73 overall. The school was rated “F” in the Student Achievement domain (57), but had “C” scores in School Progress (74) and Closing the Gaps (71).

Gillett Intermediate received a “D” rating this year, scoring 60 overall. The campus was a “D” in both Student Achievement (60) and School Progress (66) and received an “F” in Closing the Gaps (47).

Perez Elementary School received the highest campus rating for the district with 92 out of a possible 100 points for an “A” grade. The campus scored a “C” in Student Achievement (79), a “B” in School Progress (88) and a full 100 points in Closing the Gaps for an “A.”

Perez Elementary also received distinction designations in academic achievement in ELA/Reading and mathematics, postsecondary readiness and top 25 percent in comparative academic growth and comparative closing the gaps.

Harvey Elementary School received a “D” rating this year with an overall score of 67. The campus was rated a “C” in Student Achievement (70) and in School Progress (75), but received an “F” in Closing the Gaps (47). The campus also received a distinction designation for academic achievement in mathematics.

Two KISD campuses received an “F” rating this year, with Kleberg Elementary School scoring 47 points overall and Harrel Elementary School finishing with 59.

Kleberg Elementary School received an “F” in all three domains: Student Achievement (51), School Progress (53) and Closing the Gaps (33).

Harrel Elementary received “F” ratings in both Student Achievement (59) and Closing the Gaps (46), along with a “D” in School Progress (66).

 

Santa Gertrudis ISD

“A” (94 points)

The Santa Gertrudis ISD achieved an “A” in this year’s state accountability ratings, receiving 94 out of a possible 100 points in its overall score.

The district received “A’s” across all three domains, scoring 95 in Student Achievement, 93 in School Progress and 90 in Closing the Gaps, as well as received a distinction designation for postsecondary readiness.

Academy High School was rated an “A” campus with a 93 overall score and “A” ratings in Student Achievement (96) and  School Progress (92), and a “B” in Closing the Gaps (87).

The campus also received distinction designations for academic achievement in mathematics, science, ELA/reading and social studies, postsecondary readiness and top 25 percent in comparative academic growth.

Santa Gertrudis School received a “B” grade with 87 points overall, with an “A” rating in Student Achievement (91), a “B’ in School Progress (89) and a “C” in Closing the Gaps (76).

Four distinction designations received were for academic achievement in ELA/reading, science and social studies, and in postsecondary readiness.

“We definitely have our work cut out for us, especially with Closing the Gaps,” SGISD Superintendent Veronica Alfaro said. “We’ve already started that, to identify our weaknesses and build on that to move forward.”

 

Bishop CISD

“A” (92 points)

The Bishop Consolidated ISD received an “A” rating for 2019, scoring 92 out of a possible 100 overall points and a distinction designation for postsecondary readiness. The district finished with “A’s” in Student Achievement (91), School Progress (92) and Closing the Gaps (91).

Bishop High School was an “A” campus this year with a 92 overall score, and received “A” ratings in Student Achievement (93) and School Progress (91), and a “B” in Closing the Gaps (88).

The high school also received five distinction designations for academic achievement in mathematics and ELA/reading, postsecondary readiness and for top 25 percent in comparative academic growth and comparative closing the gaps.

Luehrs Junior High School received a “B” rating with 88 overall points, with “B’s” in Student Achievement (84), School Progress (88) and Closing the Gaps (87), along with distinction designations for academic achievement in mathematics and ELA/reading, postsecondary readiness and top 25 percent in comparative academic growth and comparative closing the gaps.

Bishop Elementary School was rated an “A” with an overall score of 90. The campus received an “A” in Closing the Gaps (100) and “B” grades in both Student Achievement (80) and School Progress (85). 

The campus also received four distinction designations for academic achievement in ELA/reading and science, postsecondary readiness and top 25 percent in comparative closing the gaps.

Bishop Primary School is paired with Bishop Elementary and is ineligible to receive any distinction designations.

Petronila Elementary School received an “A” rating this year, scoring 95 points overall. The school was rated an “A” in Student Achievement (92), School Progress (93) and Closing the Gaps (100). The school also received distinction designations for academic achievement in mathematics, science and ELA/reading, postsecondary readiness and top 25 percent in comparative academic growth and comparative closing the gaps.

BCISD superintendent Christina Gutierrez said the district is “super proud” of its state accountability ratings this year.

“Our students have worked hard every day and the ratings speak for themselves,” Gutierrez said. “A special thank you to our students, parents, staff and school board for a job well done. We expected no less than the academic results we have accomplished as a school community.”

 

Riviera ISD

“A” (92 points)

The Riviera ISD received an “A” in the state accountability ratings this year with an overall score of 92. The district was rated an “A” in Student Achievement (90) and a “B” in both School Progress (93) and Closing the Gaps (89).

Kaufer High School received an “A” rating with 90 points overall, with an “A” in School Progress (91) and “B’s” in Student Achievement (87) and Closing the Gaps (86).

The high school received distinction designations for academic achievement in ELA/reading, postsecondary readiness and top 25 percent in comparative closing the gaps.

Nanny Elementary School was rated a “B” campus with an overall score of 81. The campus received a “B” in both Student Achievement (83) and in School Progress (87) and a “D” in Closing the Gaps (67).

 

Distinction designations earned by the campus were for academic achievement in mathematics and postsecondary readiness.

Riviera ISD Superintendent Karen Unterbrink said she was “very pleased” with the district’s overall rating.

“I’m thrilled that we’re an ‘A,’ but we can already see in the data where we need to work to increase (our domain ratings). We will certainly be working at the elementary because they lost ground, so we definitely want to focus on their areas of weakness.”

“I’m looking forward to continuous improvement,” she added.

 

Ricardo ISD

“A” (93 points)

The Ricardo Independent School District received an “A” rating this year, scoring 93 points overall. The district had “A” ratings in Student Achievement (90), School Progress (91) and Closing the Gaps (98).

Ricardo Middle School received an “A” rating with a 94 overall score, including “A” ratings in Student Achievement (91), School Progress (91) and Closing the Gaps (100)

The middle school also earned six distinction designations for academic achievement in science, mathematics, social studies and ELA/reading, postsecondary readiness and top 25 percent in comparative closing the gaps.

Ricardo Elementary School was rated a “B” campus with 84 overall points, receiving a “B” in both Student Achievement (86) and in School Progress (88) and a “C” in Closing the Gaps (75).

The campus also received distinction designations for academic achievement in ELA/reading and postsecondary readiness.

Ricardo ISD Superintendent Vita Canales said she was pleased with the district’s ratings, but there are areas where she said they can continue to improve.

“We know that we’re right there, but we need to push it so that we can continue to stay ahead of the curve and remain a strong district,” Canales said.

 

Driscoll ISD

“A” (94 points)

Single-campus district Driscoll ISD received an overall score of 94 for an “A” rating this year, with “A” ratings in Student Achievement (91), School Progress (92) and Closing the Gaps (100).

In addition, its campus earned all seven distinction designations for academic achievement in mathematics, science, ELA/reading and social studies, postsecondary readiness and top 25 percent in both comparative academic growth and comparative closing the gaps.

“We’re very pleased with the work that our teachers and the students do in this district,” Driscoll ISD Superintendent Cynthia Garcia said. “Congratulations to them all.”

For more information on the A–F accountability system, visit tea.texas.gov/A-F/. To view the Texas Education Agency’s 2019 state accountability ratings, visit txschools.gov.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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