NISD campuses improve accountability ratings NISD is "Largest Recognized District" in Texas

August 5, 2011

Contrary to recent media reports, Northside ISD campus accountability ratings actually improved from 2010 to 2011.

The reason for the confusion is the state’s use of 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. In 2009 and 2010, TPM was applied to student scores and boosted the ratings of many schools and districts.

However, for the 2011 accountability ratings, the state did not use TPM, making it appear that schools and students fared worse on the state tests.

In fact, for Northside, the opposite is true. NISD’s 2011 campus accountability ratings are better when compared to 2010 campus accountability ratings – when calculated without TPM.

Media outlets, while accurate in reporting 2011 accountability ratings as reported by the Texas Education Agency, did not compare them to the 2010 accountability ratings without TPM.

“I want to set the record straight that Northside ISD actually increased its number of Exemplary campuses when you compare apples to apples,” Superintendent John Folks said. “It’s misleading to compare two years of scores and ratings when you are not comparing the same information.”

In 2010 – without TPM – NISD had 25 Exemplary schools, 36 Recognized schools, and 31 Academically Acceptable schools.

In 2011, NISD has 32 Exemplary schools, 36 Recognized schools, and 29 Academically Acceptable schools. This year’s data include five new schools that opened in 2010.

In addition, NISD earned an Exemplary or a Recognized rating in every single student category (All students, African American, Hispanic, White, and Economically Disadvantaged) and in all subject areas (Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies).

Individual campus ratings and test scores are posted on the NISD website. Northside ISD is a Recognized school district for the fourth consecutive year and now is the largest school district in the state to earn a Recognized rating.

“This is a huge, huge accomplishment,” Folks said. “I’m dubbing Northside ISD a ‘Super Recognized’ District because of the hard work of our principals, teachers, students, and parents.  They all should be very proud. Northside students are performing better in spite of ever increasing standards.”

Besides the loss of TPM, schools and districts also faced higher standards this year in order to receive an Exemplary or Recognized rating. For the first time, accountability ratings included test scores of special education students taking a modified or alternate version of the TAKS test. And, schools and districts had to meet 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.