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Liberty County campus, district TEA ratings released

August 22, 2018

Following a traumatic year where many students found themselves displaced after the worst disaster in the history of Liberty County, the Texas Education Agency has released their numbers for the educational year 2017-2018.

The agency showed mercy to those districts that were affected by Hurricane Harvey, only two of them were given a rating this year—Devers and Hardin.

The numbers show a different dynamic occurring within each district, but overall, state-wide, they are up from the previous year.

The breakdown of numbers is where the work will begin for administrators as they digest much of what they already know, but now must confront in the new school year.

There are three major categories that reflect the numbers and ratings. Student Achievement is the results of the cumulative knowledge of students from the entire year’s educational efforts as reflected on their testing. School Progress demonstrates the performance of students over time and a comparative look at schools with similar demographics, etc. The final category is a Closing The Gaps domain with a glance at how each demographic population is performing.

Student Achievement isn’t just the STAAR testing grade expectations and completion, but also includes college, career, and military readiness. This category is particularly significant if students are to be ready on Day One to begin classes at a college level without having remediation. The STAAR test in this category is weighted at 40 percent, college, career, and military readiness at 40 percent, and the final category is graduation rate at 20 percent.

According to the txschools.org website, School Progress is based on a school’s strengths. There are two components in this category where the strength of the school is its students who have shown a lot of academic progress and the school scores higher in academic growth, while other schools outperform their peers by scoring higher in Relative Performance. The TEA uses the higher of the two scores for school progress.

Lastly, the Closing The Gaps category is broken down by each of the major groups in the school. Those may reflect racial/ethnic groups, special education, economically disadvantaged, and others. Each of those are broken down into four sub-categories and measured against state goals for those areas then a final score is tabulated.

At least 30 percent of the campus or district score comes from Closing The Gaps, the other 70 percent from the other two categories.

All campus indicators this year were still measured by Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required labels. Those will end this year and beginning in 2019, all campuses will receive an A-F label.

Here are the Liberty County district ratings first and the campus ratings follow:

CLEVELAND ISD (Not Rated - 69)

Cleveland High School (Met Standard / 60)

Disciplinary Alternative Education (Not Rated / NA)

Frederick A. Douglass Learning Academy (Met Standard / 67)

Cleveland Middle School (Met Standard / 75)

Northside Elementary (Met Standard / 75)

Eastside Elementary (Met Standard / 73)

Southside Primary (Met Standard / 73)

DAYTON ISD (Not Rated - 72)

Dayton High School (Met Standard / 76)

Fredda Nottingham Alternative Education (Not Rated / NA)

Wilson Junior High (Met Standard / 69)

Austin Elementary (Met Standard / 74)

Colbert Elementary (Met Standard / 74)

Richter Elementary (Met Standard / 61)

Brown Elementary (Met Standard / 67)

DEVERS ISD (A - 96)

Devers Junior High (Met Standard / 95)

Devers Elementary (Met Standard / 97)

HARDIN ISD (C - 72)

Hardin High School (Met Standard / 79)

Hardin Junior High (Met Standard / 81)

Hardin Intermediate (Met Standard / 68)

Hardin Elementary (Improvement Required / 59)

HULL-DAISETTA ISD (Not Rated - 81)

Hull-Daisetta High School (Met Standard / 79)

Hull-Daisetta Junior High School (Met Standard / 87)

Hull-Daisetta Elementary (Met Standard / 66)

LIBERTY ISD (Not Rated - 77)

Liberty High School (Met Standard / 78)

Liberty Middle School (Met Standard / 78)

Liberty Elementary (Met Standard / 71)

San Jacinto Elementary (Met Standard / 71)

TARKINGTON ISD (Not Rated - 79)

Tarkington High School (Met Standard / 79)

Tarkington Middle School (Met Standard / 73)

Tarkington Intermediate (Met Standard / 80)

Tarkington Primary (Met Standard / 68)

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