Lindale campuses receive high marks
lindale — The Texas Education Agency released its 2011 Accountability Ratings on Friday and the Lindale Independent School District has earned high marks once again.
Lindale ISD received a district rating of Recognized from the TEA. Four campuses, Lindale High School, Lindale Junior High School, Velma Penny Elementary School and College Street Elementary School, also received ratings of Recognized.
E.J. Moss Intermediate School received a rating of Exemplary, the highest rating awarded by the TEA.
Accountability ratings are awarded to districts and schools based on student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). A school’s dropout, completion and attendance rates for the prior school year are also factors. Lindale ISD met the criteria in these categories.
Lindale ISD and each campus also met Commended Performance standards. In order for a district or campus to receive an Exemplary rating for Commended Performance, 25% of all students and economically disadvantaged students must receive a commended score in math and reading. In the Lindale ISD, 46% of all students and 34% of economically disadvantaged students received commended scores in reading. In Math, 41% of all LISD students and 32% of economically disadvantaged students received commended scores.
With TEA requiring higher standards this year in testing, 94% of all LISD students passed math, 96% passed reading, 92% passed science and 98% passed social studies.
In 2011, the Texas Education Agency eliminated the Texas Projection Measure (TPM). TPM allowed districts and schools the opportunity to receive credit for students who did not meet passing standards on state tests, but demonstrated improvement and were projected to pass in the following year.
In previous years, special education students’ performance on TAKS-Modified and TAKS-Alternative were not included. Those scores were included in this year’s ratings.
The performance of English Language Learners (ELL) in Reading and English/Language Arts were also factors in ratings for the first time. In LISD, 94% of ELL students met the standard.
“Lindale ISD has a wonderful reputation and these ratings support and strengthen that reputation,” Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt said. “This year’s ratings were a tougher challenge. In several cases we narrowly missed being Exemplary at the district and campus level. In Lindale ISD we talk about higher standards and tougher curriculum and our students’ performance at every level reflect and support the fact that our teachers are doing a fantastic job. We will continue to strive for improvement and to provide the academic excellence we are known for.”
From Lindale ISD