Clear Creek ISD Statement on New A-F Rating System

Clear Creek ISD Statement on New A-F Rating System
Posted on 08/15/2018
writingThe Clear Creek Independent School District received an “A” on the newest version of the Texas accountability system and all of its 44 schools reached or exceeded the highest designation of “Met Standard.” Despite the high ratings, the CCISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith call on the Legislature to follow CCISD’s lead and create a comprehensive community-based accountability system that measures learning beyond State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). For the past four years, the Clear Creek Independent School District has been issuing a Community-based Accountability Report that measures the district’s performance in areas the public has determined to be characteristics of a quality public education system.

“We asked, ‘What would you grade us on?’ and they told us: the quality of the teaching staff, the strength of curriculum and courses offered, the level of student engagement in the arts and athletics, high performance on college entrance exams and career readiness,” said Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent of School. “STAAR scores were ranked last on the list which is why we will utilize the data, regardless of the high grade by the Texas Education Agency, as just a part of our overall portrait of performance.”

Today, the Texas Education Agency issued its letter grades for each school district in Texas. School boards across Texas caution that the letters are more of a reflection of the socio-economics of the community than they are a true metric of how well students are learning and growing.

“Our board feels strongly that the A-F rating system further stigmatizes a community, shames students based on their zip code, and fails to honor the work of educators in hard- to- teach areas of our state,” said Page Rander, CCISD Board President. “Texas can do better by its communities.”

As part of the Texas Education Agency’s A-F Rating Report released today, it also gave each campus a numeric grade along with whether the campus “Met Standard,” which is the highest rating issued to a campus. All CCISD schools met or exceeded the state requirements in all three domains of student achievement, school performance growth, and closing the gaps between student groups.
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