RED OAK — Recent ratings released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) report every campus in Red Oak ISD “Met Standard” with the district receiving nine distinction ratings.

The report was detailed during the recent session of the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, Sept. 18.

“As a district, we did very well,” said ROISD Assistant Superintendent Patrick Torres in describing the districts TEA ratings.

In the four academic performance indexes, the district was above standard in all areas. Using a numeric index value, the Performance Index reports cite four areas of measurement — student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary progress. The district’s index values were above the target bar in all areas

One example used by Torres showed the target bar for student achievement to be 60 — and Red Oak scored a 76. The district also scored an index value of 38, which was well over the baseline of 22.

The ROISD goals and accountability ratings are all based the newly adopted Four Talons, which are designed to exhibit academic readiness, seek opportunities and challenges of learning, demonstrate respectful or fair and well-rounded characteristics, and leave a legacy through service.

Discussing the goals and objectives or the district, Garry Gorman, executive director of elementary learning, further described the specific aims of each talon.

“This is a ‘we before me’ attitude building positive and supportive relationships,” Gorman said.

ROISD Superintendent Michael Goddard added, “I’m very proud of our principals. We have some great campuses, and this is going to be a year.”

The board then received an update on the district’s transportation services from ROISD Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kevin Freels.

“We currently have 87 daily routes transporting 3,103 students. Daily, we travel 2,174 miles. We transport 54 percent of our students,” Freels said.

Freels also requested the approval of class waivers to be submitted to the TEA.

“In several schools, the district exceeds the 22.1-percent ratio in grades kindergarten through fourth. In some cases we have asked for volunteers to transfer to other schools to balance the class sizes,” Freels said.

He added this is not a new process.

“Last year we requested 19 waivers. Using the waivers prevents us from hiring more teachers. The waivers are the result of new families moving into town. There is no way to predict this growth,” Freels explained.

The request was unanimously approved.

No action was taken on a resolution to nominate candidates for the Ellis County Appraisal District Board of Directors.