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67 AISD Schools Earn 187 Distinction Designations

Five schools earned every available distinction designation

Austin ISD's Board recognized 67 Austin ISD schools for earning one or more distinction designations in 2016 for a total of 187 distinctions by the Texas Education Agency.
Seven secondary schools earned five or more distinctions and eight elementary schools earned at least five of the six available.
"I am proud of the hard work our students, staff and families put into achieving such high success every day," Superintendent Paul Cruz said. "We will continue to focus on the needs of each child in the district, so that they may be highly successful, both in and outside the classroom."
Five schools earned every available distinction designation: Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, the Liberal Arts and Science Academy and Cowan, Blazier, and Graham elementary schools.
In addition to earning a rating of met standard this year, Martin Middle School earned distinction designations for Academic Achievement in Social Studies and Top 25 Percent: Student Progress.
2016 AISD Campus Distinction Designations Earned
Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts 28
Academic Achievement in Mathematics 19
Academic Achievement in Science 37
Academic Achievement in Social Studies 14
Top 25 Percent: Student Progress 32
Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps 27
Postsecondary Readiness 30
Total 187
Campuses that achieved a rating of met standard are eligible for distinction designations based on high performance on indicators typically separate from those used to determine accountability ratings.
Distinction designations are based on each school's performance on various indicators relative to a group of 40 comparable schools. Each campus is assigned to a unique comparison group of 40 other public schools from anywhere in the state, that closely matches that school on size, grade span, percentage of economically disadvantaged students, mobility rate and percentage of students with limited English proficiency.
The Texas Education Agency awards distinction designations in seven areas:
* Academic Achievement in reading/English language arts,
* Academic Achievement in Mathematics,
* Academic Achievement in science,
* Academic Achievement in social studies,
* Top 25 Percent: Student Progress,
* Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and
* Postsecondary readiness.
Accountability ratings are considered preliminary until the appeals process is completed and final ratings are released in December 2016.