The Texas Education Agency has released its Report Cards for the 2012-13 school year and most campuses within the Anna and Melissa school districts received top marks.
Otherwise known as accountability ratings, these school report cards issued by the state track and document each school’s testing results and compares said results to the rest of the state through performance indexing. There are four indexes used in factoring ratings: Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness. For this reporting period there were really only two grades for public schools — Met Standard or Improvement Required.
In all instances, Melissa ISD hit the Met Standard mark. Harry McKillop Elementary, Melissa Ridge Intermediate, Melissa Middle School and Melissa High School each met the Met Standard criteria.
"I am very pleased with the effort and commitment that our staff and families continue to dedicate to the children of Melissa. It is evident not only in student academic and extra-curricular achievement, but in all facets of the community," said MISD Superintendent Dr. Robert Rich.
The performance index report shows the district well above the average in student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness.
MISD’s report cards can be viewed at http://www2.melissaisd.org/departments/learning-services/assessment-accountability/.
Anna scored Met Standard on four of its five campuses; the high school, middle school, Joe K. Bryant Elementary and Sue Evelyn Rattan Elementary received the top mark. The district’s new Special Program Center, however, rated an Improvement Required.
"There is a standard accountability system and an alternative accountability system for public schools in Texas. All Anna ISD campuses were held to ‘standard accountability.’ The Special Programs campus did not achieve the minimum required standard in Index I only," said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Services Sue Akins.
"The Special Programs campus provides an opportunity for those students who require additional assistance in achieving the credits needed for high school graduation to achieve that goal. Many of these students will require multiple testing opportunities due to the simple fact they have not had enough exposure to the curriculum, therefore needing ‘credit recovery.’ The other factor to take into account is the small number of students who are testing on that campus. Anna ISD is proud that 100% of credit recovery students graduate with a high school diploma," added Akins.
The accountability ratings will be posted on the district’s website under "Anna ISD Required Postings" on the left-hand side of the page. The website address is www.annaisd.org.
This will be a one-and-done grading system. In the past, the rating system used by the TEA consisted of four possible rankings: Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable and Academically Unacceptable. TEA will again use these ratings next year for the 2013-14 school report cards.