BISD grades out with a 'B'
Last Wednesday, the Texas Education Agency’s 2018 academic performance ratings for school districts were letter grades instead of the previous rating of pass or fail.
The Burleson Independent School District received a B in the ratings. The grade was based on the scale of 1 to 100 and the district garnered an 82.
In the 2017-18 school year, the Burleson ISD’s 18 campuses helped educate 12,167 students.
“Burleson ISD continues to perform in spite of an ever-changing grading system that redefines State Standards post instruction,” BISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson said. “We understand that the successes of our students and teachers go far beyond a single letter grade derived from the performance on a single test. As a district, we focus on individualized instruction that stimulates curiosity, evokes a love of learning, and develops deep content knowledge. BISD encourages educators to innovate and customize instruction to meet the various needs and peak the interests of our students and our community.”
Around the state, many school superintendents are against the new grading system because it doesn’t give a true reading of how well individual school districts are doing.
The previous TEA formula allowed schools to schools to tally a third of its points based on the district’s “school progress” which is the ability to help students catch up to grade level if they start out behind.
In the new formula, school progress could make up two-thirds of the rating. There is also the option of being rated on other things such as how schools compare to other schools with similar characteristics.
Each school district received a letter grade in various categories that were combined to produce the overall grade rating.
Under the “Student Achievement” category the Burleson ISD scored B (82 out of 100). This is based on how much students know and are able to do at the end of the school year. Essentially how ready students are for college and careers.
The BISD received a C (73) under the “School Progress” category which shows how students perform over time perform on state tests and how that growth compares to similar schools.
In the “Closing The Gaps” category, the BISD picked up a B (83). This area tells people how well different populations in the district are performing. Five groups were analyzed including race/ethnicity, special education, continuously enrolled and mobile, English language learners and economically disadvantaged.
Johnson County is home to 10 school district’s that the TEA graded out. Grandview ISD was the lone district in the county to grade out with an A (91). Joining the BISD with B grades were Joshua ISD (87) and Keene ISD (86).
Five districts received C grades including Venus ISD (78), Godley ISD (77), Rio Vista ISD (74), Cleburne ISD (72) and Alvarado ISD (70). The Kauffman Leadership Academy in Cleburne received a rating of improvement required with an overall grade of 48.