East Texas receives school district ratings from T.E.A.

Kirsten Glavin
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:52pm

The Texas Education Agency rates school districts based on 4 criteria. Student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness. Overall, East Texas did very well this year. Most districts met the standard as a whole.

Longview was one of the many that stood out with 10 out of 13 schools meeting all criteria.

"We attribute it to really strong leadership, but also to a focused, strategic, academic focus" said Dr. Rebeca Cooper, the assistant superintendent of Longview ISD.

Longview ISD says their key to success, is hyper-focused attention to individual student needs.

"We've gone from a global how do we improve our schools, to this is what this student needs and very individualized student performance. I think that is what it's going to take to be successful on STAAR," she added.

Tyler ISD, however, fell a bit short this year, with 11 schools requiring improvement.

"We were not surprised by our scores. We knew back in may how our students performed so we've been working all summer on making sure we have interventions in place and plans going forward in this year," said Kim Tunnell, interim superintendent for Tyler ISD.

Tyler ISD says they will be adjusting instructions and putting interventions in place for campuses that did not meet the standard.

"Our goal this year is to ensure every child not only makes adequate growth, but also performs at that college and career readiness level," said Tynnell.   

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