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JHS dropout rate slashed
by Bill Clough
Feb 17, 2014 | 70 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – The student dropout rate at A.C. Jones High School is half of the state average, and the number of students being graduated is even with the state, according to a School Report Card just issued by the Texas Education Agency.

The high school dropout rate for the 2011-12 school year statewide was 2.4 percent compared with the A.C. Jones rate of 1.2 percent.

The district’s 2013 performance index—which measures student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and college readiness — all exceeded the state’s target.

Of particular interest in college readiness, Austin’s target score is 75; BISD’s was 88.

“Which means we are getting our students ready for college,” says BISD Superintendent Dr. Sue Thomas.

Thomas is quick to point out the one-year jump in the number of students being graduated with higher scholastic requirements such as recommended high school plan/distinguished achievement plans (RHSP/DAP). The class of 2011 registered 51.4 percent; the class of 2012’s number was 80.5 percent — a 66 percent gain.

District attendance rate for the 2011-12 school year was 94.1 percent; the high school’s score was 91.9 percent, which is measured against the state’s score of 95.9 percent.

Much of the data contained in the report also is moot, because the statistics were gathered before Thomas reorganized the elementary schools in which first- and second-graders attend FMC Elementary, third- and fourth-graders attend R.A. Hall Elementary and fifth- and sixth-graders attend Thomas Jefferson Intermediate School.

Previously, sixth-graders attended Moreno Middle School.

Therefore, the current report card’s figures do not represent reality.

Some of the statistics shed some light on Thomas Jefferson’s TEA rating of “Improvement Required” as opposed to “Met Standard.”

“Almost 74 percent of the students enrolled in the district are economically disadvantaged,” Thomas says, “but Thomas Jefferson’s percentage is 89.2 percent. Now, couple that with the mobility rate at TJIS, which is 19.7 compared with 17.3 for the district. Mobility means students who enroll, then drop out, then come back.”

The district is sending a copy of the report card to each parent.

Skidmore-Tynan

The Skidmore-Tynan High School received high marks, surpassing the target scored for student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and college readiness.

The high school’s attendance rate was 95.5 percent, beneath the state’s 95.9 percent.

The high school dropout rate there was 0 percent, compared with the state’s rate of 2.4 percent.

Skills assessment for all subjects was 87 percent in 2013, down from 91 percent the year before.

The S-T Junior High School’s performance Index also was above the target.

The attendance rate there was 96.8 percent compared with the state’s average of 95.9 percent.

Skills assessment for all subjects for 2013 was 87 percent, up from 84 percent in 2012.

The 2013 performance index for the elementary school also was above target goals. The attendance rate was 97 percent, compared with the state average of 95.9 percent.

Skills assessment for all subjects there was 83 percent, up from 82 percent in 2012.

Pettus

The performance Index for Pettus High School met the target scores except for college readiness. PISD’s index was 66, measured against a target score of 75.

Attendance rate at the high school was 95.3 percent compared with the state average of 95.9 percent.

Skills assessments for all subjects in 2013 was 73 percent, down from 77 percent the previous year.

The dropout rate for both 2013 and 2012 was .6 percent.

The student progress performance index for the elementary school also fell below standard, at 28 against a target score of 30.

The skills assessment figure for 2013 was 76 percent, compared with the 2012 rate of 82 percent.

Contributing to the lower scores was the elementary school’s mobility rate of 31.1 percent, compared with the state’s figure of 17.9 percent.

Pawnee

The Pawnee Elementary School’s performance index scores all were above the state’s target.

Attendance rate was 97.2 percent compared with the state average of 95.9 percent.

Skills assessment scores fell in 2013 to 65 percent, compared with the previous year’s figure of 78 percent.

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.
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