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ECISD announces Accountability Ratings - 5 elementary schools jump from low performing to Met Standard

Tuesday afternoon Superintendent of Schools Tom Crowe highlighted some of the significant progress being made by ECISD schools – while acknowledging the district still has work to do when it comes to Accountability Ratings. Under the revised STAAR Accountability System each district and campus receives a numeric score for each of 3 domains on a 0 to 100 point scale similar to the traditional grading system that you remember from school. For example, 90-100 is an A, 80-89 is a B so on and so forth.  Schools are given an overall rating based on performance in 3 domains; 4 total areas:  Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps.  Domain 1 – Student Achievement looks at how much all students know and can do.  Domain 2 – School Progress looks at how much better all students are doing than they were last year in reading and math or how much better students are doing than their peers in similar schools. Domain 3 – Closing the Gaps looks at how well different groups of students are performing.


The basics of this year’s 2017-18 Accountability Ratings report:


  • Ector County ISD earned a Met Performance Standard rating.


  • 32 schools are rated Met Standard, while 8 schools are rated Improvement Required for the second year in a row. Five elementary schools – Zavala (5 years), Noel (5 years), Goliad (3 years), Pease (3 years) and E.K. Downing (1 year) scored well enough to come off the low performing list to hit Met Standard, a huge accomplishment for all. Ector Middle School, now an in-district charter school, is not rated this year.


  • Two schools – Blackshear Elementary (4th year in a row) and Crockett Middle School (1st year) did not meet standard and are rated Improvement Required.


  • Six schools – Bonham Middle School, Bowie Middle School, Wilson & Young Middle School, Gale Pond Alamo Elementary, Burnet Elementary, and West Elementary all met the overall standard but are rated Improvement Required due to a rule change implemented by the Texas Education Agency in July. While their average score was high enough to meet the standard, three of four individual domain scores fell short resulting in what the state terms ‘forced failure’ for those campuses.


“As far as I’m concerned we have 2 IR campuses,” said Mr. Crowe. “We will file appeals on behalf of all six schools because it is inherently unfair for the Agency to change the rules after the tests were taken and scored.”


  • All six middle schools scored at or above the state average on the Algebra I End of Course (EOC) exams.


  • Falcon Early College High School, OCTECHS, and George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa scored at or above the state average on all 5 EOC exams.


  • 20 elementary schools showed gains on 3rd grade reading (11 of them showed double-digit growth); 19 showed gains on 4th grade reading; 18 showed gains on 5th grade reading.


  • 22 elementary schools showed gains on 4th grade math and 5th grade math.


  • A look at comparisons of the same set of students from one year to the next shows: math from 3rd grade (last year) to 4th grade (this year) 17 campuses grew with six showing double-digit growth; math from 4th grade to 5th grade 26 campuses grew with 21 showing double-digit growth; reading 4th grade to 5th grade 26 campuses grew with 20 showing double-digit growth; reading 7th to 8th all six school grew and 5 showed double-digit growth; and math 7th to 8th all six middle schools showed double-digit growth.


“I’m proud to be part of a district that is making those kinds of gains,” Mr. Crowe said. “I credit our principals and our teachers. It has to do with their commitment to the students and the community. We’ve been operating more than 100 teachers short and yet, our people say ‘bring it and let me help the kids be successful’.” When STAAR began in 2013 the school district had 21 schools rated Improvement Required. That number has steadily declined over the past several years.


For the first time, the TEA is also releasing A-F grades for Texas school districts, and based on ECISD’s scale score the district will receive a D. “Despite that grade our district did Meet the Performance Standard. We have made a lot of improvement. We have plenty of room left to grow.”


Mr. Crowe closed the press conference by reminding the community of the many opportunities our students have in ECISD. He noted the following accomplishments: ECISD is one of the Best Communities for Music Education for four years in a row; 3 schools were named to the 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll; Buice Elementary won a Transforming Learning award from the Principals’ Institute; Odessa High School and Permian High School have been named among America’s Most Challenging High Schools; last year 29 student-athletes signed college offers; 20 students earned an Associate’s Degree before high school graduation; 94 students were on track to earn an industry certification before high school graduation; and a group of our students designed a science experiment that was conducted on board the International Space Station.