RED OAK — For the third year in a row, ROISD can proudly announce that it has met and exceeded all of the ratings under the TEA standards and as well received 11 Distinction Designations for the 2015-16 school year. Ratings are based on five factors including student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness

“Distinctions are awarded by TEA recognizing superior achievement in a number of areas on the STAAR Exam,” according to a press release from ROISD.

As a result of ROISD's 2016 STAAR Exam performance, the district has received the following distinctions:

Academic Achievement in Math, Science, and Social Studies at Red Oak High School

Academic Achievement in Math and Social Studies at Red Oak Middle School

Top 25% in Student Progress at Eastridge Elementary

Top 25% in Student Progress at H. A. Wooden Elementary

ROISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Niven believes the record number of distinctions are a result of numerous factors.

“First, the awesome teachers we have in our district and their dedication to the process of helping our student achieve and perform. I would also dedicate it to the personalized learning process that we have in our Red Oak Classroom Revolution who is working to meet the needs and fill the gaps for each student that they have throughout their school year,” Niven said.

In July of 2015, ROISD formed the Classroom Revolution Committee with full intentions to re-examine the way the way educators across the district deliver instruction to their students.

The ROISD website states, “The group was charged with studying the classroom environment and instructional delivery methods with the goal of making a recommendation to the Red Oak ISD School Board in the Spring of 2016. [...] In February of 2016, the committee presented the school board with a comprehensive plan to revolutionize the classroom experience in Red Oak ISD through changes in the environment, technology and instruction available to both teachers and students.”

Niven shared that Shields Elementary School received more distinctions than any other school in the district.

“We want to make sure their educational journey is everything it could possibly be,” Niven said.

ROISD Executive Director of Communications Helen Williams commented that this is just one of the ways that student success across the district is measured.

“This is outstanding. We have three national merit scholars this year and that’s just another way you see our kids in so many ways, measurable and beyond measure, being a part of a great learning community,” Williams said. “Our students are deeply involved in the things that suit their passion. I believe there is a lot of effort on the part of the faculty and leadership with helping each student find their place. All of these factors are what tie in together for these results.”

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Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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