RED OAK — Each year the Texas Education Association (TEA) releases a final Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) entailing cumulative information regarding the performance of students, staff, programs and demographics in school districts and campuses statewide. On Monday, Dec. 19, Red Oak ISD’s 2015-16 TAPR will be presented and discussed with the public

However, the results of that report have already surfaced.

The TAPR includes the designated distinctions received by each campus and whether or not the school has met standards for each department. As previously reported by the Daily Light, “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.”

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 percent in Student Progress at Eastridge Elementary Top 25 percent in Student Progress at H. A. Wooden Elementary Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading, Mathematics and Top 25 percent in Student Progress and Post-Secondary Readiness In 2014-15 ROISD TAPR, the district “met standard” and the special education determination status stated that it “needs assistance.” Just one short year later, the district has upgraded from needing assistance to meeting the requirements for the special education determination status.

The following ROISD campuses received TEA designation distinctions for the 2014-15 school year, according to the TEA School Report Card:

Top 25 percent in student progress, Top 25 percent in closing performance and Academic progress in mathematics and science at Red Oak High School. Top 25 percent in closing performance gaps at Red Oak Intermediate Top 25 percent in student progress and post-secondary readiness at iScholars Magnet Academy For the past two years, the district has met standards at each campus, seen significant improvements on each campus regarding designation distinctions and overall improved. For further details regarding the report, the meeting discussing what it entails will take place at the ROISD Education Service Center at 7 p.m.

Niche Ranking

In addition to the 2015-16 TAPR results, ROISD received an “A” on a report card given by Niche K-12, an online educational research website which ranks 8,000 school districts nationwide to help parents and guardians find the best public, charter and boarding schools available.

Rankings are based on factors such as academics grade, culture and diversity grade, health and safety grade, parent and student surveys about the overall experience, teachers grade, resources and facilities grade, clubs and activity grade and a sports grade.

For example, according to the Niche website the academics grade is “Based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT and survey responses on academics from students and parents.” and makes up 50 percent of the total report card grade.

In a press release, Dr. Brenda Flowers stated, ROISD Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, stated that the district strives to "provide personalized learning for each of our students through the Red Oak Classroom Revolution. These ratings are a validation of the hard work our students, teachers and parents put in every day.”

Of the 11 school districts in Ellis County, ROISD was the only district to receive an “A.”

As stated on the Niche report card, ROISD received the following grades:

Academic Grade: A- Diversity Grade: A+ Teachers Grade: A- College Readiness: A Clubs and Activities Grade: B+ Health and Safety Grade: A ----

Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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