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70 AISD Schools Earn 205 Distinction Designations from the Texas Education Agency

Nine AISD campuses earn every distinction designation

AUSTIN, Texas—The Austin Independent School District’s students performed well under the state’s new accountability system, with 110 schools meeting the standard on all components, and 70 schools earning a total of 205 distinction designations for outstanding performance in student achievement, student progress, or postsecondary readiness, according to the Texas Education Agency’s preliminary state accountability ratings released today.

Nine campuses earned every distinction designation: Anderson High School, the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and Blackshear, Graham, Gullett, Hart, Reilly and Zilker elementary schools.

AISD’s results exceeded the state’s 2014 accountability targets in all four areas: student achievement by 23 points, student progress by 27 points, closing performance gaps by 9 points and postsecondary readiness by 14 points.

“We are proud of our students who continue to perform well during this period of transition to the state’s new assessments. Their success reflects the hard work and performance we see every day in our classrooms throughout Austin,” Paul Cruz, interim superintendent, said. "As state performance standards continue to increase, AISD students are performing exceedingly well—and they are graduating at record rates.”

Of the 110 schools that met the state’s new accountability standard, 107 received a preliminary rating of Met Standard and three received a rating of Met Alternative Standard.

Three schools rated Improvement Required in 2013 met all four index targets this year: Rodriguez Elementary School, Dobie Middle School and Lanier High School.

The TEA rated nine schools Improvement Required: Eastside Memorial, International, LBJ and Travis high schools; Garcia, Martin, Mendez and Pearce middle schools; and Ridgetop Elementary School.

AISD will continue to review the results to determine whether appeals are warranted for the schools rated Improvement Required. District and campus ratings are not official until the state appeals window closes and districts are notified in November.

“State assessments are only one tool we use to determine where improvements are needed.  In addition, we look at other measures of success such as college readiness, graduation rates, attendance, social and emotional learning, and levels of student engagement,” Cruz said.

”Students learn more when they are motivated and engaged.  From pre-kindergarten through high school, our teachers and school communities are working hard to ensure students have the inspiration and support they need to reach their full potential—and to graduate prepared for college, career and life.”

For more information, please visit the TEA website.

 

2014 Austin ISD Campus Distinction Designations Earned

Distinction Designation

Earned

Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts

43

Academic Achievement in Mathematics

18

Academic Achievement in Science

51

Academic Achievement in Social Studies

8

Top 25 Percent:  Student Progress

17

Top 25 Percent:  Closing Performance Gaps

33

Postsecondary Readiness

35

Total

205

Source: TEA data tables.

 

 


 

Media Availability with Interim Superintendent today at 1 p.m.: Although AISD is scheduled to be closed as part of the summer efficiency shutdown program, Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz will be available to speak with media about the accountability ratings at 1 p.m. today at the AISD Board Auditorium, 1111 W. 6th St.