All four Gilmer Independent School District campuses and the school district itself “met standard” in accountability ratings issued last week by the Texas Education Agency — and Bruce Junior High School received all seven possible rating “distinctions,” said GISD superintendent Rick Albritton.
All local campuses except Gilmer Elementary earned at least one distinction, said Albritton, who told The Mirror on Monday that the ratings show “hard work from our students, hard work from our teachers, cooperation from our parents.” Those factors combined make a “good school system,” the superintendent said.
“I”m just very, very proud of my staff and my kids,” he added. But, noting that these results were based mainly on STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) test scores, he said “we still have a lot of work” to do.
TEA determines whether the district as a whole and individual campuses meet standard in four areas: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps (between ethnic groups), and post-secondary readiness (being on track to be ready for college), Albritton said.
Bruce, where Dawn Harris is principal, earned distinctions for reading, math, science, social studies, closing performance gaps, individual student progress (based on high test scores), and post-secondary readiness, he noted.
Albritton said GISD has found only 53 other junior high schools in Texas which earned all seven distinctions.
Gilmer High School, where Greg Watson is principal, earned four distinctions for math, science, social studies and closing performance gaps. Gilmer Intermediate School, where Bobby Rice is principal, received two distinctions for reading and science.
STAAR, which tests different subjects and different grade levels at different times, was administered between March and May.