Yesterday morning, Big Spring Independent School District’s Superintendent Jay McWilliams revealed that the district had received official results from the 2018 STAAR tests. He was proud to announce that both Goliad and Washington Elementary had tested out of the "Improvement Required" (IR) status that they had been in for six consecutive years. McWilliams advised that while they are pleased with the hard work that was put in for this accomplishment, the school district will continue to strive for improvements in all that they do.
During his interview, he also noted that Big Spring Intermediate (BSI), a school that was able to test out of the Improvement Required status last year, did fall back in. He stated that the student scores had to be at 60 percent passing rate to remain out of the IR status, but their scores came in just under by less than 1 percent. McWilliams stated that he knows that the BSI campus will continue to work hard this year to move out of the IR status. He also noted that Big Spring ISD will continue to work together as a team to continue to improve at all campuses.
Also this week, Texas school districts received their first A-F accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) this week.
The ratings come from how the districts do in the following, Student Achievement, Student Progress, and Closing the Gaps. Student Achievement rates how much students know and are able to do at the end of the school year. School Progress rates how students perform over time and how that growth compares to similar schools. Closing the Gaps rates how well different populations of students in a district are performing.
According to the TEA website, Big Spring ISD received a D rating, Coahoma ISD and Stanton ISD received a C, and Forsan ISD received a B rating.
To review other school ratings, check out: https://tea.texas.gov/2018Accountability.aspx