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Northeast Times | December 1, 2021

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Irving ISD Receives Recognized Performance on State Accountability System

Irving ISD Receives Recognized Performance on State Accountability System

The Irving Independent School District has earned a Recognized Performance or “B” rating under the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) 2018 academic performance rating system.

This is the first year districts receive a letter designation. Campuses will be assigned a letter rating starting in 2019. 31 of the 33 rated campuses “met standard” this year.

“The “B” letter rating is a reflection of the hard work of our students and teachers. This year’s rating is also a signal to our patrons and the business community that we are continuing to make sure every student reaches their maximum potential,” says Irving ISD Superintendent of Schools Jose L. Parra, Ed.D.

The district also earned 38 state distinction designations, an increase of two from last year.

Elementary Schools receiving Distinction Designations:
Brandenburg, Farine, Gilbert, Hanes, John Haley, Johnston, Keyes, Lee and Lively

Middle Schools receiving Distinction Designations:
de Zavala, Houston and Travis

High Schools receiving Distinction Designations:
Irving, MacArthur, Nimitz and Singley Academy

District-wide look at Distinction Designations:
Achievement in English Language Arts: 3

Achievement in Math: 6

Achievement in Science: 8

Achievement in Social Studies: 4

Achievement in Comparative Academic Growth: 10

Closing the Gap: 2

Post-Secondary Readiness: 5

“Although student performance on the STAAR testing is a large component of the overall rating, it is by no means the only measure of how we evaluate student progress,” adds Dr. Parra. “Our district’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. Thousands of students participate in career-focused coursework, and elementary, middle and high school students are being challenged daily in our gifted and talented and pre-advanced placement programs.

We recognize the importance the A-F rating system holds for our families, and we will continue to provide opportunities that move Irving ISD forward and help every student reach their maximum potential.”

The new A-F accountability system looks at three domains when developing a district’s letter rating: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. Student achievement measures student growth on the STAAR test and school progress measures STAAR test scores along with a comparison of schools or districts with similar demographic makeup. These two domains are point values for 70 percent of the district’s total grade. Closing the achievement gap looks at STAAR performance among different student groups along with those considered to be economically disadvantaged. This is weighed at 30 percent of the total grade.

For more information on the new state accountability ratings, visit the Texas Education Agency’s website at www.tea.texas.gov/A-F/.