The Sherman Independent School District saw gains across multiple categories in its latest Texas Academic Performance Review.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the district scored a B in its accountability ratings with two school receiving a total of four distinctions. Preliminary accountability ratings were discussed in late summer 2019, but the TAPR report represents the finalized version of these findings.
“The annual TAPR report includes several pieces of information from the 2018-2019 school year, including academic performance, college, career and military readiness information and school and district profiles,” Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Whitenack said Monday.
The report, which was discussed during the Sherman ISD school board’s January meeting, gives an overview based on several criteria including student performance on the annual STAAR test.
In order to determine an district’s accountability score, state officials look at a number of criteria including school progress and student achievement along with a category related to closing the gaps between student successes.
To determine school progress, the district is scored on the higher of academic growth, which relates to STAAR reading and math scores, and relative performance compared to similar districts and campuses. Student achievement is determined by assessing STAAR results along with college, career and military readiness, and graduation rates.
The higher score from school progress or student achievement makes up 70 percent of a districts grade with the final 30 percent determined through the closing the gaps criteria.
Of the 11 applicable campuses in the district, 10 met state standards, with Wakefield Elementary School performing the lowest with a score of 54. By comparison, Washington Elementary received distinctions in post-secondary readiness, academic achievement is English Language Arts and Reading, and Math. Sherman High School also receive a distinction in social studies, Whitenack said.
In all three categories, the district saw improvement, with overall student achievement scores rising from 80 to 84, school progress improving from 82 to 86 and closing the gap improving from 71 to 73.
College, career and military readiness also improved from 52 percent to 56 percent. Whitenack noted that there numbers are two years back and represent 2017.
Despite the improvements, Whitenack said there is still room for improvement, noting a desire to improve math and reading scores.
“Our teachers and campus leaders have set goals for themselves, their campuses and their students and are working hard to meet those goals,” Whitenack said.