That was the assessment of Gilmer Supt. Rick Albritton.
He pointed out that a component of AEIS, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) shows that 15 of 22 subgroups of students in the Gilmer system were ranked excellent, based on the results of their tests,
Another four subgroups were rated recognized, meaning that 19 of 22 subgroups were well above average.
But two subgroups rated academically acceptable, pulling the overall district ranking down to academically acceptable.
Albritton said that a district gets the lowest rating of any of its subgroups.
There were five areas ranked—Reading and English-language arts, writing, social studies, mathematics and science.
Subgroups included all students, African American, Hispanic, white and economically disadvantaged.
The AEIS combines information on several indicators of performance, including the TAKS, attendance rates, dropout rates and completion rates. (Graduation rates and completion rates differ because graduation rates apply to those who finish in four years, while completion applies to those who may take five years or so to complete the high school program, Albritton said.)
The Gilmer ISD was at or near state rates for most of the performance criteria.
The district’s 2008 attendance rate was 95.4 percent, compared to the state average of 95.5 percent.
The annual dropout rate for grades 7 to 12 was 1.6 percent for the district, compared to 2.2 percent for the state.
The completion rate was 84.3 percent, compared to 79.1 for the state as a whole.
There were 62.7 percent of the class who took SAT or ACT tests, compared to 65 percent statewide.
The average SAT score for Gilmer students was 944, compared to 987 for the state. The average SAT score was 20,5, the same as the state.
Albritton pointed out that the average number of students per teacher is 12.6, compared to 14.4 for the state.
The average Gilmer teacher has 12.4 years of experience, compared to 11.2 statewide, whith the average years of experience per teacher within Gilmer ISD is 7.1, compared to 7.4 for the state.
The turnover rate for teachers is 19.3 percent, while the state’s is 14.7.
The district’s total tax rate of $1.198 per $100 is below the state average of $1.209.
Total operating expenses are $8,691 per student, with $4,709 per student going to instruction.