Both campuses are rated Academically Acceptable, as well. This is the same as last year except that Woodsboro Elementary School fell from Recognized to Acceptable.
This was due mainly to increased percentage standards set by the state and the inclusion of percent of all students and economically disadvantaged students receiving commended performance on the TAKS.
Both campuses and the WISD did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this last year due to the 1% and 2% caps on the percentage of students allowed to take TAKS at various levels of modification.
Only 3% of students are allowed to take these modified tests without becoming an artificial failure (whether the student passes or does not meet the expectation, they are counted as not meeting the expectation.)
As superintendent of schools, I am proud of the work our teachers and campus administration are doing in spite of the AYP situation. The test scores actually increased this year over last year.
We had a 100% completion (graduation) rate. Our attendance rate is over 95% and 100% of students took the required examinations.
The Junior Senior High even administered all available End of Course tests to determine student performance when this was not required. We are continuing to increase the Dual Credit offerings and have top notch woodworking and welding programs.
WISD continues to receive Above Standard Financial Ratings. Our people are working hard to make sure the children under their direction are receiving the top-quality education they deserve.
Our AYP situation is not one that can be corrected by more work or knowledge or disaggregation of data or benchmark testing. The citizens of Woodsboro can be assured that these strategies will continue to be implemented, but the major factor remains that the federal and state powers that be have imposed unrealistic and, for many school districts, unattainable goals and standards.
When AYP was rolled out as part of NCLB in 2003, the established criteria was that 100% of students be successful on all tests by 2014 and the intent was to have 100% of all students graduate from high school.
This is the first year WISD has not met AYP.