Five of the 10 campuses in Waxahachie ISD have achieved a recognized rating under the Texas Education Agency’s Academic Excellence Indicator System.
The five honorees include Marvin, Dunaway and Northside elementaries, Turner Middle School and Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy.
All remaining campuses in the district received acceptable ratings, with the district as a whole again rated academically acceptable.
The district improved in many areas and made marked increases in subpopulation scores, according to the TEA report. At the Ninth Grade Academy, African-American students made gains of 39 percent in math and 11 percent in reading along with 20 percent gains in economically-disadvantaged scores.
The junior high campus also showed double-digit gains in African-American, Hispanic and economically-disadvantaged subpopulation scores.
Overall, significant gains were made at all campuses in the subpopulation scores.
The state measures student performance in the categories of all students and subpopulations including white, African-American, Hispanic and economically-disadvantaged student scores to determine the campus rating.
Of the 28 TAKS score indicators for all students, the district made gains in 19 indicators. District officials said they are “very pleased” that, in reading and writing, each campus score for all students is at the exemplary level of 90 percent or higher.
“The tremendous focus made by each campus’ staff and the extra effort to reach individual students with additional academic strategies made the difference in the gains we have seen this year,” said Judy Brewster, executive director of curriculum.
The state continues to raise the bar with higher expectations for districts to reach the recognized level. This year to be recognized the campus had to have 75 percent of its students meet the standards on all tests for all students as well as each individual subpopulation, compared to 70 percent last year.
For an exemplary rating, all scores must be at 90 percent.
“We are pleased with the continued improvement our district makes each year in academic performance,” said Tom Collins, WISD superintendent. “Our scores reflect the dedication of our faculty and the determination by our students to be an excellent school district.
“Our increase in scores reflects the district’s commitment to keep moving towards receiving an exemplary rating from the state of Texas,” Collins said.
For more information on the district’s accountability ratings, contact the office of public relations at (972) 923-4631.