7.31.2009

TEA Ratings Released

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94 comments:

Anonymous said...

Decatur would be recognized also if Alvoid, Chico, Paradise, Boyd et al. would stop sending us their reject students.

Anonymous said...

525-right, they just ship them over to decatur because they cant cut it. were you one of those reject students???

Anonymous said...

Oh, come on, it is just mostly politics as usual, however Alvord has a board member who has some sense about the arts.........

Though they are of relative non importance to the sports programs, how far DO sports programs take folks?

Arts don't really do much either to make bunches of money, but they AT LEAST cause folks to THINK........

.....a lost "art"?

Anonymous said...

The TEA is a money generating son of a gun.

Anonymous said...

5 25 if you payed attention,you would surely RECOGNIZE that Alvord is EXEMPLARY. Maybe the real issue with YOUR rating is that you are unable to read.Don't worry,with lots of special assistance I'm sure one day you will be able to finish The Cat in the hat.

chupacabra said...

Golden Chick best sweet tea rating.

Anonymous said...

Ratings reflect the ethnic make up of the districts. Some ethnic groups and cultures stress education more than others. Don't blame the school district for the failure of families to push their kids. Alvord is 10% minority, Boyd is 14% minority, and Paradise is 10% minority. On the other hand Chico is 19% minority, Decatur is 31% minority and Bridgeport is 40% minority. The highest performing school district in Texas is probably Highland Park in Dallas County. Check their zero percent minority. Got the picture? Figures don't lie, liers figure.

Anonymous said...

It's only going to get worse. Starting this year, health, speech, and business computer classes are no longer required for graduation. P.E. has gone from 1 1/2 credits down to one.

These courses are heavily populated by coach-teachers. Many coaches are only certified in these areas, so there is going to be a mad scramble for them to get certified in other areas. So, people who didn't actually want to teach, just wanted to coach, are now going to end up in core courses. It could get ugly.

Anonymous said...

6:20, correlation does not equal causation.

Anonymous said...

525
Man are you WRONG!!! Alvord and Paradise take Decatur and Bridgeport kids that are struggling and give them a chance with smaller class rooms for hands on instruction. Yes, there is room for improvement in selection of classes, etc. But sometimes, simple is better.

Anonymous said...

What about Slidell??? I bet they were off the charts! Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

6:23
Check the legislature - I think they reversed some of their decisions.
However, you are right about the coaches and the core subject comment. But is that a bad thing? It would save the taxpayers some money if the coaches could teach a core instead of babysit in a slacker class.
The best coaches usually ARE great teachers - But the same can be said about uneffective coaches - most are not effective in the classroom either.
6:00
AND IF - the schools could save those salaries, then you are right - some more attention and money could be spent on the arts.

Anonymous said...

Slidell is getting better.

Anonymous said...

This just shows that at Decatur, education is not as important as sports. Win or Lose sports is more important.

Anonymous said...

6:32, liers figure.

Anonymous said...

Slidell Elementary-Exemplary
Slidell Jr/Sr High-Recognized

Did you happen to see how they did in UIL events this year? They've become a pretty awesome little school!

Anonymous said...

6:53
According to the principal I spoke with today, those changes are a done deal.

The coaches I know who teach core courses are pretty darn amazing. Those are passionate educators care about the subject and are devoted to their students. I worry about those who will run a core class the way they do their health classes.

The saving grace of this is that the certification tests have become MUCH more difficult over the years. Hopefully, that will weed out those who are not qualified.

Anonymous said...

Why does Bridgeport keep Coaches at the Middle and High School that are not certified to teach anything?

Anonymous said...

Brock ISD in Parker County blew the top off of the rating system with all three levels of schools being rated exemplary. Their student body is 99% white and the school has no football program.

Anonymous said...

Brock should tar and feather the first that even says:Isure wish we had a football team.DAGO

RPM said...

What about Northwest? The Messenger seems to think they're a WC school. Odd they don't cover Springtown the same way. Must not sell as many papers there.

Anonymous said...

Liers figure?

Jeez, were ALL of you morons educated in Botswana?

Does no one know how to spell even the simplest of words in the english language?

LIARS

I weep for the empire

Anonymous said...

Decatur would have rated better if they had artificial turf in the classrooms.

Double Fake Bobby Atkinson

Jarhead said...

What's below "Academically Acceptable"?

"A Bunch of Retards"?

Anonymous said...

8:15
You are right. If the coaches teach a core - they are usually pretty good on the field and in the classroom. As far as the speech, health requirement....I was told differently by the councelor when figuring schedules. So IF there is anyone reading that knows what is and what is not required, please chime in.
9:02
good point
On a positive note - Congrats to all the Wise County schools that had great scores.

MrsTcain said...

If you look at the rankings state-wide you'll see that the performance level is not as closely related to the demographics of the district as it is to the size of the district.

Smaller schools tend to score higher. Smaller student:teacher ratio enables the teachers to know their students better and do a better job teaching them.

Anonymous said...

9:01-what in the heck are you talking about? what you just said may be just as dumb as the first post. please enlighten us on what you just typed, because last i looked you MUST BE CERTIFIED!i mean i could be wrong, there may NOT be a law preventing any human being from teaching a high school class. but i dont think so. it bugs me when people that have absolutly know idea what they are doing try to belittle a school that working parents fund and support, for the soul reason of self gratification. 9:01 know when you post something negative about a shool and its teachers you disrespect the parents and their children, who go for the purpose of an education to hopefully succeed in the world. so think before you open your mouth. stupid people piss me off.

Anonymous said...

The Taks test is a money making deal for the state. Think of all the people hired to think of the God forsaken questions they ask on the test and then all the test that have to be made and thats not cheap, and then again you have to have people hired to grade all these test. There is a writing part on the test that can not be scanned.
The poor kids that make their grades and get stressed out and can't pass the the thing are screwed and can't do anything about it.It makes the teachers and the administrators look bad, but when you have a large percentage of students that can barely understand english and the state makes them take the Taks, then the schools scores are going to be brought way down.
Back in the day, when I was in school we took something like a California achievement test and I guess it showed the teachers on what they needed to improve on, which maybe the TAKs could be used like that test. I just know I hated taking the thing, but thank God passing the school year or not getting your diploma didn't depend on that thing. I'm sure I didn't do great on it, in fact I know I didn't, but I did well in school, took the ACT and went to college and got my degree.
I don't understand that if a student does well in his academics and then if he wants to go to college, he is going to have to take the ACT or SAT,which will pretty well determine if he is going to go to jr college or major university. The TAKS test is not needed for any of this. Some of the students just want to graduate, get their diploma and go to work and can not even do this because they can't pass the TAKS test.
Most politician's children go to a private school and they don't take the TAKs test at private schools. So they could care less what they are doing to the students and teachers in the public schools.
So honestly these scores don't mean anything,except that a school had more students that have a hard time reading the test because of a language barrier,students with learning disabilities, and a few freaked out students that have TAKS test phobia and rightfully so.
The people in Texas need to take a stand against this non-sense test.

Anonymous said...

12:32, at the end of the Vietnam War many families escaped their home country and came to America. It was not uncommon to see a first generation Vietnamese graduate at the head of their class!! Even in highly rated schools such as the Richardson ISD where the white children were highly motivated and excelled in scholastics, the Vietnamese could outperform them. Screw the language barrier.

Anonymous said...

It's time Decatur and Bridgeport administrators quit using the "blame the Hispanic" game. It isn't a suprise that they have these populations.....so they should deal with it. Educate them all and quit using the race card.

Using this weak argument, every school in the county has enough Hispanics to throw their scores in the toilet, yet all but Bridgeport and Decatur seem to manage.

Regarding the silly argument that smaller schools get a break. In a small school one student can throw you into "low performing." Ask Slidell!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

what did decatur expect when they have a student who has a b average that could not pas the taks test yet got to graduate with her class decatur rewards those who do not work hard to achieve thier goals and this in effect has caused the ratings. good job to the other schools that have the high ratings. by the way i think another part of the problem is the illegals who attend the large schools in the county

Anonymous said...

12:23 Before you go off on others, make sure you know what you're talking about too. There is a way to have a teaching job without being certified. If you have a college degree and go through an alternative certification program, your first year of teaching is probationary, without a teaching certificate. After you successfully complete that year, you receive your certification.

Anonymous said...

9:12, in Texas Schools with mostly hispanic student populations, hispanic teachers and hispanic administrators, the results are the same. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Stop blaming schools and teachers for a culture that does not stress education.

Anonymous said...

8:15
Here's the website:
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum/HB3index.html

Click on the side-by-side and you'll see all 3 graduation plans.
It looks like the changes are for the Recommended program. The Minimum and Distinguished appear to be about the same.

Also, districts can decide to go above and beyond what the state requires, and they can keep the health, technology, etc. as local requirments.

Anonymous said...

In 2000 (maybe 2001), a group of eighth grade boys in Slidell thought it would be "funny" to answer all of the social studeies questions without reading them.

That was the first year the social studies test was figured into the accountability rating. Ha. Ha. Wasn't that just hilarious that 7 or eith boys could cause the jr/sr high to be Low Performing.

Small school DO have an advantage in class size, but that is a two-edged sword.

Anonymous said...

10:05 here. I CAN spell-I just can't SEE the flippin' keyboard...

studies
eight

Geez.

Anonymous said...

A coach can teach one year without certification but if they do not get certified before the year is over then they must be let go

Anonymous said...

Lewisville High School
1,500+ students took the tests
800+ Hispanic or African American
Rating-Recognized

Anonymous said...

Race blaming is fashionable. Obama and his pastor, Wright, Professor Gates, and even our soon to be female justice of the Supreme Court thinks that tests are stacked against certain races. There is much more of that garbage to come with that idiot being on the high court. Admit it, we asked for it.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

6:20pm - Ummm, try 50% Hispanic. As of 2009.

DF Bobby Atkinson - Greatness sir, greatness.

9:12am - Simple fact... the majority of Hispanic students will not get the parental help they need to cut it at school to pass the tests the State of Texas require. You push that part of your demographic over 50% and see what you wind up with.

SUPER PLEASED that the BISD teachers pulled off the ratings they did.

There were numerous hispanic move ins to BISD just prior to the testing date. No waiver, no skipping the tests for them. Wonder how they did? Do you think that helped the ratings?

Soooooo tired of hearing teachers getting thrown under the bus in Bridgeport.

Anonymous said...

wtf is african---american? they don't want to be american..lets just call them africans..better yet how bout a 1-way ticket back..!

Anonymous said...

12:09
12:09
There has to be a common designation of the state test for each ethnic group. The kids don't pick the title-the state does.

There is also a designation for poor kids. It's "Economically Disadvantaged," though I'm sure some would rather it be "Children of Those Who Can't Earn Enough Money."

Anonymous said...

11:34
Students who move into a district after the October PEIMS report are not figured into the accountability rating.

Anonymous said...

FYI - Northwest has three schools in Wise County....Springtown does not. There are three Northwest schools along FM3433 between Rhome/Newark. As an educator I am truly sad that those commenting on this blog are taking away the exemplary rating from these small Wise County schools. The teachers that work in these schools and the children that passed these tests deserve the rating. The parents who support these children deserve the state recognition of their children's hard work. Unless Bridgeport and Decatur have open enrollment other districts can't "send" their low performing students to another district. Some of the smaller schools have the entire community backing their students and should enjoy the PRIDE that their ratings entitle!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Mike Honcho, Thanks so much for supporting BISD educators. I resigned after 21 years at BISD and know EXACTLY first hand what you are talking about!
AND... Bobby Atkinson...what a wonderful man. He was a former teacher of mine and the man was AWESOME! I loved him then and still do. I have the pleasure of seeing him and his lovely wife on TACO TUESDAY'S, serving them taco's and chatting for a bit.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mike Honcho. Your comments are greatly appreciated by this Bridgeport teacher. To those who say demographics don't matter, I'd like to say...then hey, let's see what happens if we all have the same demographics then! Because right now we don't, and since we don't it's pretty hard to say they don't matter.

Really disappointed to see a former Bridgeport educator being the one to throw us under the bus.

And just for the record, the scores at my campus were GREAT. We had a handful of students from one subgroup of one test keep us from being recognized. So let's don't go making assumptions about the ratings.

Anonymous said...

Let me clear up some illiteracy/ignorance:

1) You could have the "Decatur Beggar" teach for a year on an emergency certificate - if he doesn't pass the tests by the next year he couldn't teach. He could still coach if you hired him as a bus driver - as long as he is a district employee he is ok.

2) Grad requirements were changed - the SBOE can no longer require elective courses above and beyond what the law requires for the recommended program (due to poor wording in HB3 they may still regulate electives in the minimum and distinguished plans). The minimum program had a fine arts credit added to it's requirement. The recommended plan had the 1/2 credit of health dropped and the 1 credit of technology dropped. 1/2 credit speech is still required next year due to it being "considered" part of English core and under an existing SBOE rule - it is expected to be dropped after this year for recommended plan. The distinguished plan remains unchanged.

3) School ratings apply to state of TEXAS only - your school could rate exemplary and fail federal AYP standards, or it could rate academically unacceptable and pass federal AYP standards. School ratings are basically a joke and were adopted by politicians for political expidiency only. You want to see how good your school is doing? Look at ACT/SAT scores and how many students go to what college. Also check the number of AP/Dual-Credit classes offered and how many students do well in those courses.

Now you may resume your uninformed discussion of opinions.

Anonymous said...

Why are there only African-Americans and no African-Canadians, or African-Japanese or African-Mexicans???

Anonymous said...

4:03 Why are there no Afro-Canadians, Afro-Japs, etc..? The answer is somethimes confusing, so I will do my best to explain this. Here it goes...We give them free shit..They could get it in Canada, but they hate cold weather, They are not going back to Africa, I dont have to explain that one. Lastly, Asia, they are not going there because they think they are disgusting and will kung fu their ass back to the good ole USSA. Our politicians are scared to death of them and will bend over backwards to please them, while they run these bullshit socialist policies down our throats. I hate to say this, but everything that our grandfathers fought and died for is vaporizing. We are becoming a nation of pussies and its time to start calling your congressman and voice your opinions. Its time to start the revolution!

Anonymous said...

3:57
Let me clear up some illiteracy/ignorance.

The Decatur Beggar could not teach on an emergency certification unless he has a 4 year degree and was enrolled in an alternative certification program.

Anonymous said...

wow, slidell is rated higher than decatur and bridgeport...and decatur and bridgeport are in the same class as chico
NICE!!!

Anonymous said...

Forget about the test scores, lets build a indoor practice facility. Or artificial turf on the playing field. Maybe that would make higher test scores.

Makes me wonder if Decatur and Bridgeport have their priorities wrong.

Anonymous said...

There are, 4:03PM. I am related to some African American-Montague Countians, and know some Mexican-Montague Countians, some Filipino-Montague Countians, shiate, even some Holland/Netherlands-Montague Countians, oh, and some Muslim-Montague Countians.

Get over it. We just call them multi-culturals. They are all good people. Most of them have the most beautiful eyes. You should open your eyes sometime and look at theirs.

Anonymous said...

That question is easily answered, but you may do your own demographic/geography research.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

guys, guys...football is the only thing that matters. and if we were to rank them then...
1.bridgeport
2.boyd
3.paradise
4.alvord
5.decatur
6.chico
(rankings as of this year, 09)
AND OF COURSE SLIDELL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love it when stuff gets stirred up about the local school districts!

Keep talking people!

Anonymous said...

what to do with all the minorities in montague county...????

Anonymous said...

The average person wouldn't know a good teacher if they were hit in the face with one. And to say a coach teaching a core subject guarantees that he/she is a good teacher...now that's a real dinger! Most coaches in my hall do run a tight ship (and can even man the ship while sitting behind their desks the whole time). Many of the coaches are quite popular but let's not confuse popularity with respect. And with respect to academic depth/integrity, the students are way behind in the game. Until the current crop of self-serving administrators and principals sincerely commit to college and other post-secondary prepartion rather than worship at the alter of the Athletic god, stop cowering to pushy, ignorant parents that crave inflated GPAs like a heroin addict craves his next fix, the vicious cycle of meaningless diplomas will ensue. Furthermore, the fact that so many of you get excited about test results derived from a convuluted method requiring an interpreter fluent in bullshit, a test that doesn't really measure a student's college readiness as much as it proves how much an administration rammed TAKS prep down students, parents, and teachers throats, only proves how low public education has sunk. As a matter of fact, it will only get worse because your future principals and teachers are sitting in their student desks diligently learning the art of bubbling in a scantron and how NOT to think/write outside the box.

I'm guessing there will be no "As" for effort on my post.

Double Fake Teacher

Anonymous said...

Coaching is a step on the way to becoming a principle or school administrator. Why is this? Most coaches are not at the top of the teaching profession academically. They were never nerds like Einstein, Debakey or Michael Gates. They are probably chosen to be principles because of discipline problems that students bring to school from their dysfunctional homes. Einstein never had a coach who doubled as a teacher. In my school days discipline problems were whipped and if that did not correct the problem, expelled and sent into the manual labor job force, or went to prison. Now we keep them in our schools to disrupt the learning process and our school boards promote drill sergeants (coaches) to try to overpower them. Perhaps we should promote former nerds to educate our children and create a position of disciplinarian to handle the rowdy kids

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Anonymous said...

1:03
Nobody said that teaching a core subject "guarantees that he/she is a good teacher." It was simply an observation that coaches who have bothered to do the college course work to teach a core subject are often (nobody said "guaranteed") stellar teachers.

In my school (not in Wise county) our principal makes it very clear that coaches are teachers first, and if they can't cut it in the classroom, they need to go somewhere else. I'm sorry that isn't the case where you teach.

As for TAKS, I agree, it isn't a reliable measure of college readiness. However, not all students take the SAT or ACT, and the TAKS is a measure of basic ability.

You sound bitter about your school. That's really sad, especially here at the end of summer. Teachers are usually beginning to get excited about the prospect of the new year at this point. Perhaps it's time for you to move along to a new school-one where you respect your co-workers and administration?

If you were in my school and unhappy, my principal would help you find a new job, and the rest of us would help you pack.

Anonymous said...

103am--In my line of business, the only person who is held accountable for poor results are the managers. What are the managers at the High School doing? Should their performances be evaluated? Football is not everthing in Decatur! How many State Champions do we have? Ultimately, the superintendent should be held accountable for hiring these principals who are cutting their baby teeth on our children. Off with their heads!

PS--Is that assistant principal that wears the white Benny Hinn suits still employed at the high school. YOU KNOW SHE AINT WEARING NO PANTIES!!!!

Anonymous said...

The ?.I.S.D. owned computers on summer vacation are "a sqwakin now". Barry, u lit another fire.

Anonymous said...

8:54
The WORST principal I EVER worked for never coached in his life. The next up from the bottom was a former coach. The BEST I ever worked for (and currently work for) IS a former coach.

I've worked for seven principals. Four were never coaches, and two were fabulous. Three were former coaches, and two of those are amazing administrators.

Anonymous said...

Oh 10:17, we know who you are. You're the one walking down the hall with the smartphone on your belt and the kool-aide stained lips. You are the reason that nearly half of Texas teachers want to leave the classroom (http://www.homeroomteacher.com/newstexasteachersleavetheclassroom.html). Furthermore, anyone can "do coursework" and get certified in PE. For most certifications, once you have one under your belt, anybody with halfway decent test taking skills can get certified in chemistry, art, choir, french, special ed. But, certification doesn't mean coursework or training, either. With the recent law passed that leaves out the tech and health requirements, you just sit back and watch all the coaches suddenly become academic gurus!

Don't confuse bitterness with the truth. Taxpayers and parents deserve to know what really goes on in today's schools, who is teaching their children, and what they AREN'T learning.

Oh, and if your school isn't in Wise County, then why the heck are you on a Wise County blog, duh!

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport is 3 out of 4 in the academically OK! I'm just guessing, but isn't that the worst in the county? Go Bulls! Go Bulls! State or Bust!

Anonymous said...

getting rid of that principal who hated children has done more for alvord than anything else, thank god.

Anonymous said...

i would like to know how everyone would feel if the state came in to a person's workplace and said hey we are going to give you up to 3 times to take a test that we come up for you and if you don't pass your out of here.
There would be some good employee's leaving. This is what our students are dealing with and it isn't fair.

Anonymous said...

make more money and move to Southlake. much better schools.

Anonymous said...

2:03
I'm on a Wise County blog because I live in Decatur. I choose to teach in a district outside the county.

I have NO idea what you mean by the "smart phone" comment, or the "kool-aide stained lips." Why on God's green earth would my joy in working in my school cause any other teacher to want to leave the profession?

I have no idea about the coaches in your school, but the ones in my school are dynamite in the classroom. If not, they are not around for long.

This year the first group I taught in my school graduated. Of the 127 kids I taught, 97 are going to 4 year universities. Two are headed to Harvard, seven to Syracuse, three to Yale, more than I can recall to A&M, Texas, Baylor, SMU, MSU, and USC.

Maybe the students in your school are being short changed by having inferior instruction, but that just isn't the case in mine.

Five years ago I was fed up with the Wise county school in which I taught. When I became bitter, I knew it was time to leave. I'm sorry you haven't had that opportunity, or made that choice, for yourself. I'm more sorry for your students who have to live with that under current of bitterness.

Anonymous said...

Hey!! You folks who claim to be favorable friends to Bobby A..... need to learn how to spell his last name correctly. It is Bobby ACTKINSON! (with a "c") Don't forget that now.... cuz the man deserves to have his name spelled correctly! And yes, Mr. Honcho...you are correct when you speak the word "greatness" simultaneously with Coach Actkinson. Big Man, Big Heart, Big shoes for anyone to try and fill.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

LOL... appreciate all the comments echoing my sentiments about Coach Bobby A... and I agree with you about the real Coach Bobby A.

BUT:

My specific Kudos were going out to the DOUBLE FAKE COACH ACTKINSON who posted earlier. And his post still was greatness.

BTW, standardized testing and the "One Score" so you can compare disctricts is exactly why this system sucks and needs to be booted. Do you honestly think these scores mean Bridgeport or Decatur DON'T turn out quality students? If so, you have no clue.

Thanks again public school teachers... you are not appreciated enough.

MrsTcain said...

3:44 and others:

My comment wasn't intended to blame Bport or Decatur teachers for the lower scores.

My point is/was that teachers are able to do a better job when they have fewer students because they have more time to spend with each one.

Anonymous said...

203-I am sorry, but I have to call bullshit on your track record. If you could take 127 students and send them all to these fine universities, that would mean that you only had 18 minorities. If you were so great why couldnt you get those additional 18 students into Princeton or Columbia? You are the greatest teacher ever. They should name schools after you, sell tickets to hear your lectures and tell stories about your greatness at universities. I think that the kool aid represents the jim jones story that took place in africa when everyone took a sip of the punch by order of the cult leader. Not only are your lips stained your intoxicated.

Anonymous said...

OK,I think we all need to get together and have a beer.

Anonymous said...

Health, speech and computer classes ARE still required for graduation. There have been some changes as to how they count in GPA, but they are STILL required!!!!

Anonymous said...

12:54
The majority of students in my school are not minority. And the minority students are generally Asian. I didn't send those kids to the major universities, I only had them for one course their freshman year. The ones who went to the Ivy schools (and many of the others) packed their schedules with AP courses. Close to 60% of our student population takes PreAP/AP classes.

Of the eighteen who were not on my list, two died, several are going into the military, a couple are going to trade school, and a couple went the community college route. I don't know what the rest are doing.

The demographics of my school come pretty close to rivaling Southlake.

I have no idea why you are irritated with me. The only point I ever wanted to make was that some coaches are amazing teachers (but maybe my school has all of those), and schools that rate Exemplary don't just teach to the TAKS test. We do provide TAKS tutorials before and after school for students, and we throw in TAKS type questions during the day sometimes, but it is NOT the focus of our classrooms. The majority of kids who show up for TAKS tutorials are pushing for the "commended" rating because they think it looks good on the transcript.

Our student population is internally driven-93% of them move on to post secondary education immediatly after high school.

I AM an incredible teacher, and my colleagues are also. My principal does not tolerate any less.

Anonymous said...

Which high school has the best pasture parties? That, my friends, is what REALLY matters!

Anonymous said...

10:01, the answer is easy. The school with the lowest SAT & ACT scores has the best pasture parties. They also they have the highest teenage traffic deaths. Your choice.

Anonymous said...

11.39 - Love your sense of humor. Bet you're a riot at a party.

By the way, "They also they.."? What was/is your SAT & ACT?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

1:05, My SAT was 1140, did did not take the ACT. I score in the 140s on IQ tests. My first grade teacher thought I was retarded. I do have ADD or something like it. Modern society would drug me with a variation of speed that was once used to make people lose weight. I am in good company with the likes of Einstein. Not saying I am that smart but he did make numerous errors in writing and spelling.

You better get back to class.

Anonymous said...

1:17
Nope, I don't think it SUCKS to be YOU, but, apparantly, it SUCKS to be around some of the bitter people in some of the schools around here!!!

Wow, folks get irritated becuse I love my job, enjoy where I work, and I am very proud of my school.

Maybe it DOES suck to be those people.

If you hate working in a school where incompetent coaches teach, and where TAKS is crammed down your throat, then DON'T WORK WHERE THOSE THINGS HAPPEN!

Anonymous said...

1:05, Wise County Crime Stoppers has a $100 bounty per underaged drinker at pasture parties.

Anonymous said...

Take a deep breath 1:33 and repeat after me:

"I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!"

Okay, that was a joke. But seriously, no one is irritated with you...it's the current state of education that causes the frustration, not you, dear. I'm glad you have such a wonderful school to teach in...sounds like a little utopia.

Anonymous said...

Nah, I don't need to take a deep breath-I'm fine. And you're right-compared to other places I've worked, my school is a utopia.

We DO have our issues; our "helicopter parents" can be a challenge. But give me those parents over the ones who have a fit because homework was assigned on a game night any day of the week!

I will have students who don't show up for the first week of school because they're in Australia or the Alps for the summer. But they'll catch up quickly without complaint, and their parents will provide what they need to see that it happens.

Anonymous said...

the only reason decatur schools are not at the highest rating is because parents from schools like chico, bridgeport, alvord, boyd and paradise send their half retarted children to decatur to get a better education...but like i said, they are half retarted so they are too stupid to pay attention to the excellent ciriculum(sp?) provided by the amazing decatur educators. so now they are all making decatur look bad

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:58 If you look at the school ratings, you will see that the schools the half retarted kids came from far exceed that of Decatur. I would think you would be glad to accept our half retarted kids....WAKE UP MORON! Quit blaming other schools for your failures!

Anonymous said...

7:59, o im sorry, u must be one of those half retarted kids that couldnt hack it and came to decatur to get a better education and still couldnt hack it here...im sorry, the world needs trash men

Anonymous said...

For the record, 4:58, Decatur teachers don't provide curriculum. The curriculum is decided upon by the central administration. It is called cscope. It's very popular.

Anonymous said...

either way, its good information taught in a great way by great teachers so its really the students fault if they cant pass the classes

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot, Barry, for posting these results on your blog. I am a teacher at dhs and can't wait for the central admin and our principals to start cramming recycled Zig Ziglar platitudes and exemplary goals down our throats. They will be on their smart phones crunching data and searching for business models to make us better teachers. Sometimes scooping shit in the ag barn would be more stimulating that participating in their motivational business modules. Data, data, data...makes me want to blow chunks!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I just can't hold back anymore!

10:50, you are either a crack-addict or a school administrator because c-scope, a.k.a. c-sucks and c-sh*t, is NOT popular. In fact, it's making most teachers in Decatur miserable. It's an incomplete curriculum chock full or errors and inconsistencies (the reason so many of us had to spend three times the undocumented hours as we did documented hours this summer "preparing" it and and we've barely made a dent). It's going to be as hard to teach this flawed curriculum as it is for the central administration to force it upon the real experts, your kids' teachers. And before some administrator gets on here with "if teachers would do their jobs, blah, blah, blah," there are far more good teachers than bad ones in this district and the good ones are running away as fast as they can get out...I think one of them was teacher of the year for Northwest ISD last year and there are many others that make long drives so they don't have to teach in a district that is so beyond teacher unfriendly that it's fast reaching a critical stage.