by Larry Little
A special meeting of the San Augustine ISD school board was called Wednesday night after the district received guidelines from the state concerning TAKS test results. Dozens of residents showed up at the meeting on the San Augustine ISD campus.
While most of them expressed concern, no one was willing to speak up. Though they didn't voice their concerns at the school board meeting, the message was clear from the Curriculum Intervention Team.
Here are some of their findings: Out of 360 students in the San Augustine Independent School District, 144 failed the reading section and 221 failed the math section of the TAKS test. The results show white students scored better than minority students. The CIT report also cited concerns with the gap in test scores between white and Hispanic students. (See the tables below for more data.)
"We must review this information that is in this book [the CIT report], and make decisions that are in the best interest of our children and staff. There are no case studies to reference, nor is there any precedence on a procedure to follow. All of this information and action is new to the board, and we need to slow down and study this in more depth to keep us from making hasty decisions," says SAISD board member, Lud Davis.
The school board went into a closed door executive session to discuss the employment of intermediate principal Warren Norvell and other issues. After two hours, Lud Davis made this statement: "Contrary to public assumption, the TEA did not remove Mr. Norvell. He is still the principal at the intermediate school. Due to contractual obligations, subsequent reassignments could not be implemented. Reassignments done in the future will be based upon further review and study of the CIT findings and the district's needs."
School administrators say they understand how they handle this situation will decide the future of the San Augustine ISD. Administrators would not say if they have a deadline to fix problems within the district, but the CIT report suggests the school get on the fast track to making improvements.