District fares well in state ratings
State accountability ratings and standardized test scores were recently released for district across the state, including Fort Bend ISD, marking the first time the Texas Education Agency assigned an accountability rating based on an A-F scale.
However, due to hardships created by Hurricane Harvey, Fort Bend ISD was among 92 districts and district charters not assigned a letter grade.
According to TEA officials, scores were calculated based on performance in three categories: student achievement (which includes a number of variables such as STAAR test results, SAT scores and other college and career readiness measures), school progress (which is measured based on comparisons to scores from previous years) and closing the gaps (which is a calculation of how well students of various socio-economic and ethnicities perform as compared to one another along with other factors).
Despite losing class time after the storm, dealing with campus closures and storm-damaged campuses among other factors, Fort Bend ISD’s overall scores remained positive at the district level and for almost all individual campuses.
As a district, Fort Bend ISD earned an 89 (of a possible 100 score) for student achievement.
Within the student achievement category, the district scored 90 on measures of career and college readiness and earned a score of 87 (of a possible 100) for students’ scores on standardized tests.
When scores were compared to previous years, the district scored an 84 (of a possible 100) on student progress measures. The closing the gaps measure was scored as 89 (of a possible 100).
At the individual campuses level, many school reported scores among the highest in the state such as Clements High School in Sugar Land, which earned an a score of 97 and rated it as the top-scoring high school and among the top in the district.
Other high schools with top scores include Austin with a score of 92 and Dulles at 91.
Among middle schools, the top scoring campuses included:
Fort Settlement: 97
First Colony: 90
The top scoring elementary school campuses included:
Sienna Crossing: 96
Walker Station: 96
Scanlan Oaks: 95
Brazos Bend: 92
In a video posted on the district website, superintendent Charles Dupre talked about the hardships faced by the district due to Hurricane Harvey and said the district remained opposed to the current A-F rating system.
“We know that Hurricane Harvey’s impact during the last year was unprecedented. We missed a significant amount of instruction and our students, families and staff members suffered tremendous loss. Yet, they persevered and continued with their daily routines despite great hardships,” Dupre said.
Fort Bend ISD is currently working with 60 other school districts to develop a “community-based accountability system” that takes into account the goals and expectations of each district’s school board and the local community, Dupre said.
“As a district, we strongly oppose a state accountability system that gives a letter grade based largely on a standardized test and a student’s performance on a single day,” Dupre said. “But, we believe in measuring our success and we are committed to continuous improvement.”
For more in-depth coverage of TEA ratings for all Houston-area district and campuses and a list of ratings, visit www.chron.com/news/education/article/TEA-to-release-STAAR-test-results-accountability-13155977.php.