COMPLETION RATE SHOWS SOLID RECOGNIZED PERFORMANCE

June 21, 2010

 

The completion rate for Granbury students has increased substantially, according to a report issued by the Texas Education Agency on June 18, 2010.  The report makes it a strong possibility that both Granbury ISD and Granbury High School will receive Recognized state accountability ratings.

 

“This is outstanding news,” said superintendent Ron Mayfield.  “Many people have worked very hard over the last year to improve our completion rate.  This report demonstrates the hard work among our students and staff to bring both the district and high school to the Recognized level.”

 

The completion rate for both GISD and GHS includes students who graduated or continued high school for a fifth year of education.  Both the district and the high school must meet standards for the student group as a whole as well as three socioeconomic categories – white students, Hispanic students, and economically disadvantaged students.

 

The percentages indicate solid Recognized performance in each area.  Among white students, Granbury High School performed at the Exemplary level.
 

 

Granbury ISD

Granbury High School

 

All
Students

Hispanic
Students

White
Students

Economically Disadvantaged Students

All
Students

Hispanic
Students

White
Students

Economically Disadvantaged Students

2010
Class of 2009

93.4%
Recognized

90.9%
Recognized

93.6%
Recognized

93.4%
Recognized

94.8%
Recognized

89.5%
Recognized

95.5%
Exemplary

93.2%
Recognized

2009
Class of 2008
(began counting for accountability)

85.9%
Recognized

81.4%
Recognized*

87.0%
Recognized

72.2%
Unacceptable

87.4%
Recognized

81.8%
Recognized*

88.6%
Recognized

73.4%
Unacceptable

2008
Class of 2007
(Student Leaver Provision - did not count for accountability)

85.9%
Recognized

69.6%
Unacceptable

88.2%
Recognized

74.3%
Unacceptable

87.5%
Recognized

69.8%
Unacceptable

90.5%
Recognized

72.0%
Unacceptable

2007
Class of 2006
(Student Leaver Provision - did not count for accountability)

86.4%
Recognized

69.0%
Unacceptable

88.9%
Recognized

71.6%
Unacceptable

87.9%
Recognized

67.9%
Unacceptable

90.6%
Recognized

73.7%
Unacceptable

Exemplary 95% / Recognized 85% / Acceptable 75%
*If Below 85%: Recognized if 80% Floor and Required Improvement Met
**If Below 75%: Acceptable if Required Improvement Met

 

Student completion is evaluated on a lag year, meaning that districts and schools are being judged in 2010 for the Class of 2009.  Students who earn a general equivalency degree (GED) only calculate for alternative campuses.

 

In 2009, when the completion rate began counting for accountability purposes, both GISD and GHS missed the acceptable benchmark for economically disadvantaged students in the Class of 2008.  Efforts began immediately to identify students who had left the district without completing their education.  Several returned and eventually received their high school diploma.

 

Based on preliminary test scores, the district estimates that three schools – Crossland Ninth Grade Center, Acton Elementary School, and Oak Woods School – will be Exemplary when TEA releases state ratings on July 30, 2010.  Four other campuses will likely join GHS in receiving Recognized ratings.  They are Acton Middle School, Baccus Elementary School, Granbury Middle School, and Mambrino School. 

 

Preliminarily, Brawner Intermediate School would be given an Academically Acceptable rating.  Roberson Elementary School, which has students in grades PK-2 and does not administer state tests, is paired with Brawner because the campuses share an attendance zone.

 

STARS Academy, which is the district’s alternative academic high school, will likely be Academically Acceptable - the highest rating under the Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) system.  This rating system evaluates the performance of alternative education centers that are dedicated to serving students at risk of dropping out of school.  AEA schools are only rated as acceptable or unacceptable.

 

Students assigned to the Behavior Transition Center are included in their regular campuses, and that school will not receive a separate rating.

 

The ratings are preliminary because TEA only releases raw test scores from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) to each school district, which can analyze the student scores for estimated ratings.

 

As a district, students in Granbury ISD performed at the Exemplary level in reading and English/language arts, writing, and social studies.  The test results indicate Recognized-level performance in math and science.  In all, the district is evaluated on a total of twenty categories in each of the testing areas as well as performance of students in certain ethnic and economic subgroups.
 

 
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