We are just three weeks into the new school year and it has been an AMAZING start! As we welcomed parents, students, and faculty back to school on that first day, you could feel the excitement in the air. From the elementary to the secondary campuses, we witnessed huge smiles on the faces of our students who were eager to see their teachers and friends. At the Annual “Boo-Hoo Woo-Hoo” Breakfast, the excitement continued to escalate as we welcomed new families to the district where they were able to meet representatives of not only our district but our city as well.
Just as we were kicking off the new school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the new 2018 State Accountability Ratings for over 1,200 school districts throughout the State of Texas. The unveiling of this new system assigns letter grades to school districts using the A-F accountability scale. Districts were rated based upon performance in three areas:
- Student Achievement – This measures what students know and can do by the end of the school year. It takes into account AP and ACT results, College, Career, and Military Readiness indicators and results from state assessments covering all subject areas.
- School Progress – It measures the progress students made on state assessments from one year to the next. It chooses districts with similar demographics and compares how their students are performing academically.
- Closing The Gaps – This measures the academic performance to include socioeconomic factors when compared to racial/ethnic student groups.
The letter grade was given to the district as a whole, but individual campuses will not receive letter grades until 2019. District campuses received one of the three ratings issued by the State of Texas. The ratings include: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required. Celina ISD received an overall letter grade of an A. All of the Celina ISD campuses “Met Standard,” which is the highest rating that can be achieved. As you know, Celina ISD is extremely competitive in all things and we recognize the hard work accomplished by our students, faculty, and parents to achieve these high standards.
The official school report card will not be finalized until the end of year and will be sent home with students with their report cards during the month of January 2019. While we celebrate these ratings, we are also conscious of the fact that it is just a snapshot of what we do on a particular day. Each and every day, our district is held accountable for the success of our students and that is why we strive to engage, connect and provide a learning environment that is not only rigorous and relevant to today’s world, but is creating leaders who will shape the future for years to come.
Mr. Rick DeMasters
Superintendent of Schools