When the Texas Education Agency released its preliminary 2013-2014 ratings, the Nacogdoches Independent School District received an “improvement required” rating.
The TEA bases its annual ratings on districts' standardized test scores. Five of Nacogdoches ISD's campuses received a “met standard rating. However, five other campuses received “improvement required” ratings.
“Our community faces an academic deficit that only may be overcome through ownership of the problems,” said Dr. Fred Hayes, Nacogdoches ISD superintendent. “We must all commit to finding and implementing long-term plans where our students can be successful in school and in life.”
According to a press release, Nacogdoches ISD's scores reflected the statewide trend.
The five NISD campuses that received “improvement required” ratings include Martin Educational Center, McMichael Middle School, Emeline Carpenter Academy of Technology and Science, Fredonia Elementary, and Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts.
“The culmination of school scores led the district to also receive an “improvement required” rating after it missed only one of four targets by a single point,” the press release stated.
Five Nacogdoches ISD campuses - Nacogdoches High School, Mike Moses Middle School, Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School. Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language, and Raguet Elementary School - earned the “met standard” rating.
“The high school received two distinct designations for its academic achievement in math and its post-secondary readiness,” the press release stated.
The press release stated that Nacogdoches ISD's administration spent the summer “hiring staff, training in effective learning and classroom management measures, and developing plans centered on improving student success.” Four of the “improvement required” campuses will be led by new, experienced principals, the press release stated.
Nacogdoches ISD's new academic plan will focus on reading and math, the press release stated. It will include the development of an NISD reading philosophy, teacher training and support with extra attention for new and struggling teachers, lessons formatted to support new and struggling teachers, an extended school day for students who fall below the district-required reading or math level, Summer Reading Camp for kindergarten through fifth grade students who meet requirements, contracts for parents whose children struggle with reading that have the parents read to their child every night for 20-30 minutes.
The Lufkin Independent School District earned a “met standard' rating for its 2013-14 scores. Each one of LISD's 14 campuses received the “met standard rating.” In addition, the Stubblefield Learning Center received the “met alternative standard” rating.
All of the other public school districts in the Deep East Texas area earned the “met standard rating,” according to the TEA list.