The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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August 28, 2013

PISD board hears latest academic ratings report

PALESTINE — Palestine Independent School District Board of Trustees heard an overview of the district’s 2013 accountability ratings during Monday night’s monthly school board meeting.

PISD Superintendent Jason Marshall told school board members he was happy with the ratings, that were all above state level.

“We are very happy with each of our campuses and each of our principals. They worked very hard and they all have the best interest for the students in mind,” Marshall said.

Districts, campuses and charters across Texas receive one of three ratings (Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required) under the Texas Education Agency’s new accountability system — the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) academic accountability rating system.

All of the Palestine ISD campuses received the “Met Standard” ratings with Palestine Junior High School earning two distinctions and Palestine High School receiving one distinction.

PJHS received distinctions in Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA (top quartile); and Top 25 Percent Student Progress.

Marshall credited PJHS Principal Larissa Loveless and her staff for their achievement, especially in the Index 2 (student progress) rating.

PHS received distinction in Academic Achievement in Mathematics, making the top quartile.

Marshall also was extremely happy with the high school’s Index 4 score of 92 in Postsecondary Readiness. The target score for campuses was a minimum of 75.

“The index score of 92 was one of the highest in our region,” Marshall said.

Here is the rating breakdown for Palestine ISD campuses:

PALESTINE ISD (overall as district)

• Rating: Met Standard

• Student Achievement, Index 1: 69 points, with target of 50.

• Student progress, Index 2: 30 points, with target of 21.

• Closing performance gaps, Index 3: 64 points, with target of 55.

• Postsecondary readiness, Index 4: 92 points, with target of 75.

STORY ELEMENTARY

• Rating: Met Standard

• Student Achievement, Index 1: 67 points, with target of 50.

• Student progress, Index 2: 36 points, with target of 30.

• Closing performance gaps, Index 3: 62 points, with target of 55.

• Postsecondary readiness, Index 4: Not applicable, index applies only to high schools.

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