STAAR results show Waco ISD “Met Standard,” two schools off IR list
STAAR results show Waco ISD “Met Standard,” two schools off IR list
Posted on 08/15/2016






WACO, Texas - Final 2016 STAAR results released Monday, August 15, show Waco ISD “Met Standard” again as a district as schools continue to improve and meet state benchmarks for test score growth. Two district campuses achieved levels allowing them to be removed from the state’s “Improvement Required” (IR) list. South Waco Elementary surpassed benchmarks in both Indexes 3 and 4, which they did not do last year, elevating them to the “Met Standard” list for the first time in four years. Waco High School also moved up to “Met Standard” status after dramatically increasing scores in Index 2, which measures year-to-year growth. “I’m ecstatic that we added two more schools that met standards and particularly South Waco Elementary, which was “Improvement Required” for so long,” said Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain. Yolanda Williams, Waco’s Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, credited the community, as well as South Waco’s staff and Principal Twana Lee. “They had a lot of pressure on them and they came through,” Williams said. “The staff at that school and Waco High are to be commended, as well as at all our campuses for their hard work improving these numbers,” Cain added. In fact, 2015-16 was the first year in nearly a decade where every conventional Waco ISD campus met state standards for growth in Index 2. Fifteen of the District’s campuses - including all middle schools and high schools - improved their number in that index that measures student improvement from the year before, rather than just pass or fail. District Assessment Coordinator Tami Wiethorn said the Index 2 scores were the key. “When you’re producing growth across the board, the other indexes will take care of themselves,” she explained.

The District still has seven campuses on the “Improvement Required” list: Alta Vista, Brook Avenue, Crestview and J.H. Hines elementary schools, G.W. Carver and Indian Spring middle schools, and alternative campus Brazos High. Two of those, Brook Avenue and J.H. Hines, will be on that list for the fifth year this coming school year, and the state will be watching closely to see signs of improvement. Statewide in 2016, the Texas Education Agency saw 93.7 percent of its school districts achieve “Met Standard”. That was down from 94.5 percent in 2015. “Our schools focus on creating an engaging and rigorous learning environment for our students, instead of focusing on test scores. Attention to individual student needs and successes will continue to move Waco ISD in the right direction,” according to Kim Ellis, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools Rick Hartley echoed that, saying, “These scores validate the hard efforts of the teachers, curriculum department, and campus administration as they refined their efforts in not only what to teach but how to engage our students in meaningful learning.” Classes for the 2016-17 school year in Waco ISD begin Monday, August 22, 2016.