Weekly Tiger News

February 16, 2016 - February 19, 2016

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TEA - Updates: We now know our accountability targets for this year.

Unchanged:

Ratings labels will be the same as were used last year (Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, Improvement Required, or Not Rated).

The evaluations will be based on meeting targets for either Index 1 or Index 2, and for meeting each target on Index 3 and Index 4.


2016 Targets for Standard Accountability:

Index 1: 60

Index 2 and 3: Bottom 5th percentile based on scores by campus type (which means we will not get the actual target scores until mid-summer after all the test scores have been calculated)

Index 4: All Components - 60. STAAR component only - Districts and MS: 13; EL - 12; HS – 21


2016 Targets for Alternative Accountability (registered AEA campuses only):

Index 1: 35

Index 2 and 3: Bottom 5th percentile based on scores by campus type (which means we will not get the actual target scores until mid-summer after all the test scores have been calculated)

Index 4: Both Components - 33. Graduation/dropout component only - 45


Other changes:

· Use of 2016 performance standards for all assessments, increasing from Satisfactory phase-in 1.

· Inclusion of STAAR grades 3-8 mathematics results in all four indices.

· Inclusion of STAAR A results in all four indices.

· Inclusion of STAAR Alternate 2 data in calculations of Indices 1 - 3.

· Scores of English language learners (ELLs) who take STAAR L and who do not have an ELL progress measure are excluded from the calculations for all 4 indexes.

· No STAAR progress measure for grade 7 writing, therefore Index 2 will be for reading and math only.

· Graduation Plan Component and Foundation High School Plan (FHSP) Transition: For 2016 accountability, two diploma-plan rates will be calculated; one including FHSP and one not. The one that gives the district or campus the most points for the graduation plan component of Index 4 will be used.


Now that we know our targets, I encourage you to go back to your STAAR data and determine the progress of your students. Based on your formative assessments, how close are you to meeting the accountability targets? Do you know what students scored at the advanced level last year and what is being done to ensure that they again score at that level?


Our STAAR writing is fast approaching, so I encourage you to review your data to determine if you are on target to produce strong student results on this first round of STAAR.

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Monitoring Student Academic Progress

The end of the third nine weeks will be here before we know it. How many of your students had failing grades the first and second nine weeks grading period? How many of them failed a content area both nine weeks periods and how many of your students are currently failing a content area? Are these students receiving intervention and other opportunities to increase their grades before report cards are distributed in March?


Other areas to monitor include:

 Reading level of your students—How much progress have you seen with your students? How many students have increased their reading level?

 STAAR preparation—How have you used the STAAR mock results plan effective Tier I instruction, group students for small group instruction and intervention, and identify specific TEKS that need to be retaught in a different way to students?

 TELPAS—How are you preparing your ELL students for the TELPAS?

Educator and Student of the Month

Educator of the Month - Melissa Gomez

Student of the Month - Isaac Landry

Upcoming Events:

  • February 16 - TELPAS begins
  • February 16 - Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
  • February 18 - District Spelling Bee @ Admin at 4:30 p.m.
  • February 18 - Paraprofessional Meeting @ 3:50 p.m. in conference room
  • February 22 - Team Leader Meeting @ 3:50 p.m. in conference room
  • February 24 - College Day
  • February 26 - Go Texan Day - wear your favorite western wear

Reminders:

  • Teachers, please make sure you are at your door when the bell rings at 7:40 a.m.
  • Greet your students each morning as they enter the classroom.
  • Teachers, please let Ms. Garza know when you have a missed punch on the time clock. It is important to clock in on time each day.
  • All letters to parents need to be approved by an administrator before sending home.

Principal and Assistant Principal

Rachelle Ysquierdo and Atina Young