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8.08.2012

School Daze








Nearly half the schools in North Texas and across the state got failing marks on their federal report cards this year after passing standards in reading and math were sharply increased and students switched to a new testing program. The number of school districts that failed to show “Adequate Yearly Progress” in student achievement also jumped dramatically from a year ago as a larger percentage of students was required to pass the state math and reading exams under federal standards spelled out by the No Child Left Behind Law.
A report released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency showed that 876 districts and charter schools failed to make AYP this year, just over seven of every 10. The 27.6 percent that made the cut was down nearly 50 percent from a year ago. At the campus level, 4,080 schools fell short of the federal benchmark, an increase of 1,847 schools. Overall compliance with the standards dipped to 44.2 percent of all regular and charter school campuses. Several hundred campuses were not evaluated for a variety of reasons, including many that were new last year. More
Full PDF report.
It looks like there are two categories: Reading and Mathematics. Wise County results above. Boyd and Decatur almost hit the mother-load by not meeting the requirements in both categories for every school -- falling just one short. 
I couldn't find Paradise and Slidell on the list which I don't understand. Chico made the list even though every school in the district met the requirements. 

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know! Let's dig up Teddy Kennedy and have him write an even more expensive education bill, let him have a double scotch and then replant him. Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

YOU WOULD THINK WE COULD GET GOOD ADMIN IN ALL THE COUNTY SCHOOLS.SCHOOL BOARDS NEED TO BE MORE ACTIVE AND TELL THE SUPT. WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.WE ARE ALL TOO BUSY GETTING INTO THE ELECTRONIC AGE AND CONNOT JUSTIFY THE 3R'S. WE ALL NEED TO WAKE UP.

Anonymous said...

It is not well known that the requirements to meet AYP increase steadily each year until 100% of all students(including special ed) must meet the requirements. You are two school years away from where every school is required to have 100% mastery. The requirements have been increasing every year for several years and it is now getting very close to time for 100%. Unreachable.

its like measuring citys for 0% crime rate. Or expecting 100% participation in elections. These are unreasonable expectations and everyone should know that before they think their school is failing or even "bad".

Very unfortunate. Very unfair to schools and students.

Anonymous said...

School vouchers anyone?

Anonymous said...

I took a viagra and had an erection that lasted more than four hours so I called my doctor and he told me to watch the video of Hillary Clinton dancing in Africa.

Anonymous said...

Just being set up for failure. It sounds like in two years every school district will be failing. I guess that is when the funding starts getting cut, teachers and administrators get fired and everyone suddenly believes an excellent school system, the model of success, is now a failure. How does that happen?

Anonymous said...

Thank Senator Ogden

Anonymous said...

Wow...all 34 seniors at Chico did well.

Anonymous said...

Well, with all these school districts building new schools and athletic facilities maybe the scores will go up as well. LOL

Anonymous said...

PARADISE ISD 249906 MISSED AYP READING (PERFORMANCE) AND MATHEMATICS (PERFORMANCE)
PARADISE H S 001 MISSED AYP MATHEMATICS (PERFORMANCE)
PARADISE MIDDLE 041 MISSED AYP MATHEMATICS (PERFORMANCE)
PARADISE INT 050 MEETS AYP
PARADISE EL 101 MEETS AYP

SLIDELL ISD 249908 MISSED AYP READING (PERFORMANCE) AND MATHEMATICS (PERFORMANCE)
SLIDELL SCHOOLS 001 MISSED AYP READING (PERFORMANCE) AND MATHEMATICS (PERFORMANCE)

You have to load the report with Adobe reader to get it all.

Anonymous said...

4:11 is right. The state sets up unrealistic expectations then finger point when we "fail".

People cry "let the teachers teach!" but this is beyond the districts control.

I believe this is a plan by the state (and our pretty governor) to do away from public schools. What a mess!

Anonymous said...

Mother-load? Really?

That's probably something scatologically different than what you think you're saying

Try this: mother lode.

I guess you preceded basic educational standards.

Anonymous said...

unreasonable expectations unless you give them AFRO TURF and a new Track

Anonymous said...

Just think how bad the scores would be without No Child Left Behind.

Double Fake Mr. Hooper

Anonymous said...

I guess the Commissioner of Education quit just in time.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why anyone would want school vouchers. If you support school vouchers to take tax money to a private school, you are giving money away without any accountability. You are giving tax payer money to a private company to do with it how you please. I just don't understand why anyone would support school vouchers.

Anonymous said...

Lets shut the academics off and spend all the money on football. We can import all our professionals from Asia. I like two-a-day August practice football and the carnage that results from the stupidity of working out in the Texas heat.

Anonymous said...

Until we get back to the basics, this is going to be a continual battle. All the Laptops and IPads in the world will not substitute to good old fashioned teaching. Sad that we have a society coming up that can remember a password to purchase iTunes, but couldn't count back change or add 2 & 2 and come up with the correct #. But if we only had turf, none of this would matter.

Anonymous said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! LOOK AT CHICO! LMAO...at the rest of the county.

Anonymous said...

Oh and Chico doesn't even have turf yet. LOL

Anonymous said...

Who has turf in Wise County and why is this still a running commentary? I don't understand. Turf hasn't been in the news for a few years but it seems like its in this blog everyday.

Anonymous said...

6:13 - neither does Decatur.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm ,,,, hard Decisions. Send kid to school that barely fields a football team and loses regularly to everyone. However, that school is able to teach kids to read and write? Let's see. Oh, Yeah the NERDS have won, we are moving to Chico.

Anonymous said...

Please don't take this at face value! So much more in this than just the numbers! If the people outside education only knew the truth of what is expected, they would cringe! Our kids have no common sense or problem solving skills, but we can damn sure teach them to test! How's that working for us?

Anonymous said...

The Chico bashers certainly were NOT educated in Chico ISD. Go ahead losers bash away.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry... can someone remind me which ISD had every school meet the requirements?

Anonymous said...

5:15, It's called competition. If the government run schools have to compete for the almighty dollar instead of just having it handed to them, then they would have incentive to improve.

Anonymous said...

Tell Joey it is not Soey

Anonymous said...

Turf is the answer!

Anonymous said...

Time to focus on ACADEMICS folks. 4:46PM is correct - Forestburg ISD just voted down a school bond for unneeded classrooms and ridiculous, unnecessary sports facilities. And now this report shows FISD failed to meet the Math requirements.....I'm glad the voters used common sense to vote no on the bond - there was very little, if any components of the bond that would affect academics. Silly school board!

Anonymous said...

These reports are such BS! I will support vouchers and I am a retired public school teacher. Until the state "gets a real clue" about truly educating our children instead of these absolutely stupid and meaningless "tests" then nothing in the public school systems is worth backing!

YES, the government is truly working to abolish public schools - and it's working! When are the people of this state going to wake up and realize what is happening?
Government needs to get OUT of all schools!!

Tell me folks, what message is it that you get when schools that have for years been exemplary or recognized are now FAILING (indicating the teaching is poor) in this ONE test given last year????
Can you NOT see the absurdity in that?

Anonymous said...

I think the absurdity is obvious. Sadly the Republicans are in power in Texas (you know - the "Education Party") so we get to sit back and watch the train wreck.

Anonymous said...

AYP is a joke. Our federal government which does so well on so many levels, is responsible for this, not the state. These tests don't show which schools are really teaching, they show who can test. Go to classes in Decatur and you can see learning going on. It has nothing to do with computers and iPads. These are just extras--kids are learning here. That's what is important, not how well they can test. Look at how many of our DHS graduates go on to college, graduate, get advanced degrees, get quality jobs. Something good is happening here.

Anonymous said...

Vote Republican....cut school!

Anonymous said...

Bravo 8:19

Anonymous said...

I did not have sexual relations wit that woman, ms lweimsky.

Df BC

Anonymous said...

Barry, nice title. Witty.

I've said this before and I'll say it again.

It ought to be a law that every citizen spend one full day in a high school or middle school each year.

The comments would have a different tone.

The agenda brought forth by the most liberal of laws are, well, awesome.
The lack of discipline, the energy and resources spent on areas that are obsolete will blow your mind.
From the anti-bullying campaign to principals who no longer address discipline, all things "public education" have severely hampered the kids.

Anonymous said...

At least all the teachers are happy!

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you let kids that don't qualify to graduate walk the stage. Whatever happened to graduation for graduating students only? Come on, are you kidding?
We now have a you hung out for 4 years ceremony rather than a graduation.

Anonymous said...

I think the public part should be cut after the sixth grade. By then a child should have learned to read, write, do arithmetic and problem solving. From there, the parents should be able to determine their child's future based on the previous 6 years performance. They (parents) will do a better job than the state at determining their child's future.

Anonymous said...

Boyd is going to fix this problem. Boyd hired a $80000 lady to start the cscope program. This program has failed in other districts and will cost the tax payers 100000 plus a year. Hope it works.

Anonymous said...

Any apologies for Chico? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?

Just shows that most of the commentors on this page are not from Wise County and don't have a clue how this county operates. Their only association, I assume, is through the court system (BG"s lawyer buddies), and we all know how corrupt that system is.

Wise Countian and damn proud of it.

Anonymous said...

Decatur has used cscope for three years. Look where that's gotten them. Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Remember people, AYP stands for annual yearly PROGRESS!

Yes, Chico is on the top in that category because their previous year's scores were very low. The work they have done this past year has been great and does reflect that improvement is taking place in Chico. Since their scores improved over the last year's, then they earn AYP.

Most of the other schools in the county had already made excellent scores on the TAKS tests. There wasn't the same room for improvement. Since those scores either stayed relatively the same or fell some lower then the previous year's testing, then those schools did NOT meet AYP.

AYP is interesting and I look at it this way. Let's take the mile run. Several years ago a 10 min mile run was great! Then the more athletes trained the better their times in the mile run. Today we have folks running 6 min miles!! Super! So, if AYP continues here, in the near or distant future we will have people running 3 min mile runs, right? And as the athletes continue to train and AYP continues, then shoot, in the future mile runs will occur in 10 or 15 seconds!! Then someday they will be running soooo fast that we won't even see them run! They'll just be at the starting line and then they'll be across the finish line all worn out in the blink of an eye!

Yes, people, that's AYP - annual yearly progress!! Keep in mind now that if there is no AYP then we have FAILED!!

Understand the absurdity now?

Anonymous said...

I believe (honestly) that Boyd will do well with C-Scope. They will start out using like Decatur should have, as a guide, not the Bible. DISD now uses it that way and I think most of the teachers like a lot of the ideas and having an outline of what needs to be taught. There is never a perfect system.

Anonymous said...

I do wish there were a LIKE button on blogs!

10:56...you did a great job of explaining AYP.

Anonymous said...

If your kid in failing in school it's because you are a sorry parent. So sick of these loser parents blaming the schools for their loser kids.

Anonymous said...

Decatur school board members know if they vote for anymore sports spending that it will cost them thier job next election. That is why they wont vote for Turf..

Anonymous said...

Now, who was it making fun of Chico again?

Anonymous said...

If it is a guide, why do the tax payers need to spent $80000 on a teacher to provide the guide? It sounds like a waste of my money. I am guessing you are the employee that got the cscope job. I am a teacher at Boyd and do not understand why we need this.

Anonymous said...

The lady who has put Chico on top applied at Decatur a few years ago, but didn't get the job as a cronie was already lined up.

Anonymous said...

A little help for 10:56

The standards for passing Math and Reading were set by the Feds.
Math @ 83% of your students pass
Reading @ 87% of your students pass
Thats for EVERYONE at that particular school for last year.
The "progress" is that they raise this every year. Next year the % is Math 92% and Reading 93%.
IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HAVING LOW SCORES AND THEN RAISING THEM!!!

Anonymous said...

Understand the absurdity now? Yeah I understand perfectly you jealous jerk...lol

Just goes to show that when you concentrate more on academics and less on football, turf and iPads, then you can excel.

Oh and I bet our coach can beat up your coach!!!

Anonymous said...

Get government out of the schools and get rid of the standardized testing. These tests do nothing more than energize the weiners of administrators and politicians. Lets face it, there should be NO Zig Ziglar Schools for management in our schools. When teachers and students are evaulated from a stat sheet are kids lose! Take a look at the the cost of enrolling your child in Victory Christian Academy. It cost $3k per year to enroll your child in that school and DISD says that the average cost of educating one child is $10k per year. How much of that is administration cost? Our schools blow ass and like everything else...politicians dont care. I suggest we start a movement to hold our children out during the STARRS test. As a parent pissed about standardized testing..follow the money trail. It will disgust you!

Anonymous said...

3:03, you really should do more research on AYP. You're not quite clear on the difference between it and "the passing standard." Passing standards (what you posted) are NOT always increased each year, but measurements of "progress" toward those standards are checked annually. That's AYP!

Anonymous said...

3:14, the commenter at 10:56 is not slamming Chico, you idiot! I think you need to go READ it again! Are you denying that Chico had poor scores in the past and so did have more room for improvement that other schools whose scores were already good?

The commenter says, "The work they have done this past year has been great and does reflect that improvement is taking place in Chico."

geeze louise!!

Anonymous said...

This website might help


http://bvsd.org/dac/Pages/ayp.aspx

Anonymous said...

6:01 really sounds retarded. I guess she missed ayp 30 years ago.

Anonymous said...

I got your AYP right here!

Anonymous said...

No. 6:01 is pretty much correct.

Anonymous said...

If Romney picks Christie, Obama will be a big winner. Folks don't like fatties in this country and Michelle is on an "eat right" kick for folks to stay healthy and thin.

Priorities!

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:31 - why call your doctor?

Call the Messenger, give em your name and brag.

You might get a few calls.

:-)

Anonymous said...

6:51
I didn't say they were slaming Chico. Chico's scores were amoung the highest in the county(except HS) before. The fact is that a percentage of students had to pass their Math and ELA tests and that percentage did in Chico and Didn't at the other schools.

Anonymous said...

Hey 6:51

If your smart enough...
You can look this up on the TEA website
ALL Campuses in Chico ISD have passed AYP since they started it in 2003 except the HS in 2008.

Anonymous said...

2:42.... Did DISD really reject the Chico lady? When? Who actually got hired????

Anonymous said...

11:44


You're

Anonymous said...

It's STAAR, not STARR!