The state released academic ratings for schools this month. Schools received either a passing grade (Met Standard) or a failing one (Improvement Required). This year, Driscoll earned their first passing grade in 7 years.
“It feels really great. Knowing that all the hard work and time and effort that the students, teachers, and parents, the work they put into this place, actually paid off academically, and Driscoll is finally a “Met Standard” school,” said Driscoll Middle School Principal Bruce Wilson.
Bruce Wilson who has been the principal at Driscoll Middle School for the past 3 years, and in education for the past 29 years, says this is a way to recognize those who have gone above and beyond.
“The key to the whole process was our belief system in our students, and our students trusting the administration, trusting the teachers, so that we set goals with them for reading, mathematics, and for all the content areas. They believed in us and trusted our opinions on what it would take to become successful,” said Wilson.
Wilson says they’re not where they want to be, but they are moving in the right direction.
“To start off this year to make sure we keep that momentum going, we are going to be focusing on reading campus-wide. Additionally, looking at our math classes, we are going to be spiraling in those weak TEKS areas into our daily lessons. One thing that is really a big change for our campus, and we know is going to help propel student learning, is helping them get organized,“ said Wilson.
Schools that met standards can qualify for distinctions. They're awarded when schools get high marks in reading, math, science and other areas — up to seven categories in all — compared with schools that are most like them in size and student demographics.
In 2016, CCISD had four schools classified as “Improvement Required” (IR), some missing the “Met Standard” rating by one or two points. In 2013, the district had 18 campuses with the IR rating.
Additionally, the district exceeded targets on all four performance index measures in the state’s accountability system, including nearly doubling the expected measure of student progress.
Index 1: Student Achievement Target: 60 CCISD: 71
Index 2: Student Progress Target: 22 CCISD: 43
Index 3: Closing Performance Gaps Target: 28 CCISD: 39
Index 4: Postsecondary Readiness Target: 60 CCISD: 69
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