Northside ISD students earn Recognized distinction again

July 29, 2011

For the fourth consecutive year, and the seventh time out of the last nine years, Northside ISD is a Texas Education Agency “Recognized” school district, according to the Accountability Report issued by TEA on Friday, July 29, 2011. 

“This is a huge, huge accomplishment,” Superintendent John Folks said. “The District’s Recognized rating is a direct result of the hard work of our principals, teachers, students, and parents.”

In addition, the District has a total of 32 Exemplary campuses, 36 Recognized campuses, and 29 Academically Acceptable campuses. Individual campus ratings and test scores will be posted on the NISD website by Monday.

Northside ISD is the largest and one of the most diverse school districts in the state to earn a Recognized rating.  In addition, NISD earned an Exemplary or a Recognized rating in every single sub-population (All, African America, Hispanic, White and Economically Disadvantaged) in all subject areas (Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies).

NISD is San Antonio’s ‘destination district” growing by 2,600 to 3,000 new students each year and opening 2-5 schools annually.

The District did see a drop in its number of Exemplary campuses this year because the state no longer is using the Texas Projection Measure (TPM) to calculate accountability ratings. The TPM, developed by the Texas Education Agency, predicted whether a student who failed a TAKS test would improve over time and ultimately pass the test. For the past two years, those students were counted as passers.

“Though we don’t have as many Exemplary campuses as last year, it’s important for everyone to understand that our students are actually performing just as well or better on standardized tests,” Folks said.

However, schools and districts faced higher standards this year in order to receive a Exemplary or Recognized rating. For first time, accountability ratings included test scores of special education students taking a modified or alternate version of the TAKS test. Also, schools and districts had to meet two new additional indicators related to the progress of English Language Learners and the percent of students scoring at the commended performance level.

This year’s accountability ratings will remain with the District and campuses for the next two years. The Texas Education Agency will not assign accountability ratings in 2012 while the state transitions from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing system to State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). A new accountability rating system will be developed to incorporate STAAR.

For more details about STAAR, see page 6 of the May 2011 issue of Lessons.