The district received College Ready Graduates (Class of 2009);
A.C. Jones High School received College Ready Graduates (Class of 2009), Recommended High School Program (RHSP)/DAP (Class of 2009);
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School received Commended on Science; and
The Academy at Madderra received College Ready Graduates (Class of 2009).
The College Ready Graduate indicator means that 35 percent or more of the graduates from the school or district scored at or above the college-ready criteria on both English/language arts and mathematics TAKS tests, according to Nancy Jones, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
BISD as a whole had 45 percent of all students meet the college-ready criteria. A.C. Jones had 46 percent of all students scoring at that level. Thirty-eight percent of students at the Academy at Madderra met that criteria, Jones said.
The Recommended High School Program indicator means that 85 percent or more of the students in the class of 2009 graduated on the Recommended High School Program (RHSP) or the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). More than 90 percent of students graduated under the RHSP or DAP at A.C. Jones.
The Commended on Science indicator means that 30 percent or more of students scored at or above the TAKS commended performance standard. Thomas Jefferson Elementary had 38 percent of students score at or above that level for 2010.
Jones said the district was pleased with these results. The awards mean even more because last year, the high school’s unacceptable rating did not allow it to be eligible.
“We’re very proud of our students and also of the hard work of teachers and other staff,” Jones said.
This year marks the first time A.C. Jones has received any of these awards. Last year, Thomas Jefferson received awards in math and science.
The assistant superintendent said last year, the district worked hard to bring back students who had dropped out. This year, it is continuing to do so and making an increased effort to keep more students from dropping out at all.
“Last year, we focused on recovering dropouts. This year, we’re still doing that but focusing on helping students stay in school and graduate on time,” Jones said.
The high school is helping students through increased usage of online and in-person tutoring and credit recovery programs.
Jones said the administration hopes these efforts will yield greater advances in the future.