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BISD accountability meets new state standard

Submitted by BISD

During the first year of the state's new more rigorous accountability ratings system, Bandera ISD as a district and all four of its campuses have all been designated "Met Standard." The district and campuses must achieve or exceed the performance targets set in four indexes to earn the accountability rating of "Met Standard."
Alkek Elementary and Bandera High School earned Academic Achievement Distinctions by being in the top 25 percent of the schools in their cohorts. Alkek came in at the top 5 percent of its cohort with a score of 51 in Index 2. Bandera High School also placed among the top 25 percent of its cohort in Student Progress coming in at 7th with a score of 29 in Index 2.
"I am really excited to see how well our district fared this year in the new state accountability system. All our campuses easily met state performance targets," said Superintendent Regina Howell.
Alkek Elementary was one of 326 elementaries state-wide to achieve an Academic Achievement Distinction in Student Progress. Bandera High School was one of 117 high schools statewide to earn the Academic Achievement Distinction in Student Progress.
Under the new system, the first accountability index is Student Achievement and looks at performance across all subjects and all student groups at a satisfactory performance level.
Index 2 measures Student Progress, which looks at scores of 10 student groups, including ethnic groups, English language learners and special education students for reading, writing and math scores categorized has having met or exceeded progress standards.
Index 3 labeled "Closing Performance Gaps" includes scores of students who are economically disadvantaged as well as the district's two lowest performing ethnic groups from the previous year.
Indexes 1,2, and 3 apply to all campuses, both elementary and secondary, as well as the district. Index 4 is applied to high school level campuses and the district only. Index 4, Post Secondary Readiness, examines graduation rates of students graduating on the Recommended and Distinguished plans.
In this transition year from accountability ratings based straight pass/fail percentages, the new accountability system focuses more on progress achieved at a campus based on other campuses of similar make up. One significant change from the prior accountability system is the minimum size criterion use in the past (30 students in a group) to number of number of tests given (25 in a group).
More End of Course test results will be analyzed in future rating years to determine ac-countability ratings.
"I am certain that our students and teachers will continue to make great strides on the state testing yet to come this school year. District and campus administrators are looking over released STAAR tests to determine where our students need more instructional support. Bandera ISD will continue to reach for academic excellence to prepare our students to succeed," said Howell.