MIDLOTHIAN

The much-discussed A—F accountability ratings were administered by the Texas Education Agency on Wednesday and Midlothian ISD received a “B” rating with a score of 88 percent. All 11 campuses met the state standard.

During the 85th Texas Legislature, House Bill 22 was passed, which established three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses: Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps.

MISD received a score of 89 in Student Achievement, an 80 for School Progress and an 86 in Closing the Gaps.

The Midlothian Board of Trustees wrote in a press release, “We believe in strong accountability, but see no evidence that the A-F grading system will actually improve performance or help students. The system is designed to rank order schools within each domain to allow for comparison of schools/districts. The bulk of the rankings will be based solely on a once-a-year STAAR/EOC assessment that has been proven to be defective, not statistically significant or reliable, and detrimental to students and the teaching profession. The present standard setting process indicates that it will be impossible for all schools to earn an 'A.'”

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

MISD received a B rating of 89 percent in the Student Achievement domain. This domain is calculated through the STAAR performance (40 percent), college, career and military readiness (40 percent) and the graduation rate (20 percent). Scores in this domain for elementary and middle schools are only based on the STAAR performance.

The STAAR performance is divided into three categories: masters grade level, meets grade level, and approaches grade level.

Those who qualify for master grade level know the subject well enough to apply those skills in unfamiliar contexts, outside the classroom. Students that meet grade level generally demonstrate the ability to think critically and apply grade-level knowledge in familiar contexts. Students who approach grade level are likely to succeed in the next grade as long as they receive academic intervention.

For MISD, 26 percent of students are masters grade level, 57 percent meets grade level and 85 percent approaches grade level. The sum of the percentages are then divided by three — the number of categories — and that raw score is converted to a number out of 100. Therefore, the STAAR performance final score is 87 for MISD.

The graduation rate score is 90, and the college, career and military preparedness score is 90 as well.

SCHOOL PROGRESS

MISD received a B rating of 80 percent in the School Progress domain. This domain measures how much better students performed on the STAAR test this year compared to the previous. It also looks at how much better students are doing academically at the district compared to similar districts.

School Progress is calculated through academic growth and relative performance. Relative performance is gauged by the school’s performance in student achievement and the percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

MISD scored an 80 percent in academic growth and the state’s raw score was 69 percent. The relative performance score was 71 percent. Since the district scored higher in academic growth, that score was used as the overall score for school progress.

CLOSING THE GAP

For MISD, the Closing the Gap domain received an 86 percent. This domain is calculated through the percentage of different groups of students that are performing above state goals in four areas. Those areas are grade-level performance (50 percent), academic growth/graduation rate (10 percent), English language proficiency (10 percent) and student achievement (30 percent).

In grade-level performance, MISD received a 69 percent, meeting 18 out of 26 targets. Academic growth/graduation rate scored 67 percent, meeting four out of six targets. English language proficiency received 100 percent, meeting one out of one targets, while student achievement received 88 percent, meeting seven out of eight targets.

Closing the Gaps also looks at the performance of every major group of students that exist — racial/ethnic groups, special education students, economically disadvantaged students and others. Each group is examined and compared to the state goals. The more goals that are met, the higher the score is in that area. The score in each area is then averaged using the weights listed and then is converted to the total score.

INDIVIDUAL MISD CAMPUSES

While the majority of the schools within the district received scores in the mid-to-high-80s, two elementary schools did not fare as well.

The two lowest scoring schools within the district were J.A. Vitovsky Elementary with a 65 and T.E. Baxter Elementary with a 77. On the other end, Dolores McClatchey Elementary received the highest score of 90.

Some areas that affected Vitovsky were in the Closing the Gap domain where the school met zero of the 16 targets for grade level performance. In the same domain, zero of the 10 targets were met for student achievement.

For Baxter, the School Progress domain affected the campus rating. Within the domain, relative performance is calculated, which is determined by the Student Achievement score relative to the percentage of economically disadvantaged students at the school. Baxter received a 62 for the final relative performance score.

In the Student Achievement domain, scores show students struggled the most in writing and rarely met the district raw score on other subjects.

Baxter, J.R. Irvin Elementary also received academic achievement in science. Walnut Grove received academic achievement in social studies and Longbranch Elementary received academic achievement in mathematics.

ELLIS COUNTY SCHOOLS

Waxahachie ISD scored a B rating with an 82 percent, Maypearl ISD scored a B rating with an 80 percent, Italy ISD scored a B rating with 82 percent, Venus ISD scored a C rating with 78 percent, Red Oak ISD scored a B with 86 percent, Ferris ISD received a D with a 67 percent, Ennis ISD received a C rating with a 75 percent, Palmer ISD received a B rating with 89 percent, Milford and Avalon ISDs met the standard.

For more information on the breakdown of ratings of districts and specific campuses log onto txschools.org.

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450