Gilmer, other schools achieve good ratings under new system
by MAC OVERTON
Aug 28, 2013 | 1615 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gilmer ISD Supt. Rick Albritton is all smiles after the recent release of public schools’ ratings on the STAAR system.

The STAAR (State of Texas Assessment for Academic Readiness) rating uses different designations than the old TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test. Ratings include Met Standard and Improvement Required, with special distinctions being given in Reading/English Langange Arts, Math and Top 25 Percent Student Progress.

The district received the new rating of Met Standard, as did each of the four campuses—high school, junior high, intermediate and elementary—within the district.

“I am very happy about it,” he said. “It’s a tribute to the hard work of our entire staff.”

The district also earned two distinctions for Academic Achievement in Mathematics, and scored in the top 25 percent of its 40-school comparison group.

The Texas Education Agency Accountability Summary for the district as a whole shows that it met 32 of 34 performance indicators, or 94 percent.

In participation rates, it scored 16 of 16, or 100 percent, and 3 of 3 indicators (100 percent). It did not met the federal limits on alternative assessments criteria, leaving it with a score of having met 51 of 54 possible, or 94 percent overall.

In summary, the district met standards on Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondardy Readiness.

The Elementary Campus (grades pre-K—4), which had rated Academically Unacceptable in 2011 under TAKS, met 24 of 26 performance indicators (92 percent).

In Mathematics, the Elementary campus earned distinction in mathematics, and also earned distinction in Top 25 Percent Student Progress.

The Intermediate campus (grades 5-6) met 15 of 16 performance indicators, and 12 of 12 in participation rates, for 27 of 28 possible indicators, or 96 percent.

The Intermediate campus also achieved distinction in Mathematics.

Gilmer Bruce Junior High met 29 of 29 performance indicators (100 percent), and achieved distinction in the Top 25 percent Student Progress category.

The high school met 43 of its 45 indicators (96 percent) and achieved distinction in Math and Top 25 Percent Student Progress.

Other county superintendents also had reason to smile.

The six other school districts located primarily in Upshur County also all Met Standard.

Big Sandy ISD Met Standard, as did its three campuses—high school, junior high and elementary.

The high achieved distinction in Top 25 Percent Progress, and the Junior High rated distinction in Reading/English Language Arts and Top 25 Percent Progress.

Ore City ISD Met Standard, with each of its three campuses also achieving that.

All four of Harmony ISD’s campuses Met Standard. The high school achieved distinction in Reading/English Language Arts and Math. The junior high received distinction in Reading/English Language Arts and Top 25 Percent Progress.

New Diana ISD was rated Met Standard, with the high school also getting a distinction rating in Reading/English Language Arts.

Union Grove ISD was rated Met Standard, as were its junior high and elementary campuses. However, the high school was rated Improvement Required. The junior high achieved distinction in Top 25 Percent Progress, while the elementary got three Distinction awards, in Reading/ELA, Math and Top 25 Percent Progress.

Union Hill ISD was rated Met Standard, as did each of its two campuses. The high school achieved distinction in Reading/ELA, while the district’s Sharon Richardson Elementary School earned distinction in three categories Reading/ELA, Math and Top 25 Percent Progress.

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