As a district, Rockwall ISD fails to meet yearly progress requirements
By Caleb Slinkard Herald-Banner Staff
ROCKWALL — The Texas Education Agency released the 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress report, and it contained both positive and negative news for Rockwall citizens.
Rockwall Independent School District failed to meet the 2012 AYP standards, missing Federal requirements in reading and mathematics.
However, Rockwall High School, Quest Academy, J.W. Williams Middle School, Maurine Cain Middle School, Herman E. Utley Middle School, Virginia Reinhardt Elementary, Howard Dobbs Elementary, Amanda Rochell Elementary, Amy Parks-Heath Elementary, Nebbie Williams Elementary, Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary, Dorris A. Jones Elementary, Grace Hartman Elementary, Ouida Springer Elementary, Celia Hays Elementary, and Sharron Shannon Elementary all met AYP requirements.
Rockwall-Heath High School missed AYP due to its performance in mathematics, and Doris Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary missed AYP because of its reading performance.
“Under the accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, all public school campuses, school districts, and the state are evaluated for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP),” according to the TEA website. “Districts, campuses, and the state are required to meet AYP criteria on three measures: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, and either Graduation Rate (for high schools and districts) or Attendance Rate (for elementary and middle/junior high schools).”
Campuses, districts or states that fail to meet AYP standards for two years in a row are required to offer supplemental education, school choice and/or take corrective action, according to the TEA., granted that that entity is receiving Title I, Part A funds.
There are five stages, with a campus or district falling into the fifth stage after missing AYP standards for six straight years. At that point, according to the TEA, the district or campus can either replace the principal and staff, contract with a private management company, restructure the administration or have the state take over the operation of the district.
According to the TEA, 48 percent of Texas schools failed to meet AYP standards, compared with 34 percent from last year.
Understanding AYP results becomes more complicated considering the state’s decisions to switch from the TAKS test to the STAAR test. The 2012 AYP evaluations are based on STAAR results for students in third through eighth grade and TAKS results for tenth graders.
Federal standards increase each year as part of the NCLB Act’s goal of having 100 percent of students proficient in reading and math by 2014. This year, schools were required to have 87 percent of students pass in reading/English language arts and 83 percent in math, up seven and eight percent from 2011, respectively.
Districts and campuses will not receive accountability ratings in 2012 due to the state’s switch to the STAAR test, according to the TEA.
Districts and campuses have until Sept. 7, to appeal their preliminary 2012 AYP status in writing under the signature of the superintendent. Their final AYP status will be determined in late 2012. RISD met AYP standards in 2011.
RISD’s response will be printed in this week’s Rockwall Herald-Banner.