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August 14, 2013

Westwood ISD Superintendent pleased with academic accountability rating

PALESTINE — The Westwood Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Ed Lyman told school board members he was pleased with the “Met Standard” rating the school district received when the Texas Education Agency released its State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) academic accountability ratings last week.

Districts, campuses and charters receive one of three ratings under the new accountability system: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. All of Westwood ISD campuses received a “Met Standard” rating.

“We did exceed standards in every index,” Lyman said during the WISD Board of Trustees meeting Monday, noting that the index rating scores were hard to translate at this point.

As part of their goals for the next year, Lyman said the district will break down the data and analyze it and improve in areas that are needed, particularly in the “closing performance gaps” index.

“We don’t want to just be good enough for Westwood ISD children, we want to be the best,” Lyman said.

Here is the rating breakdown for Westwood ISD schools:

WESTWOOD ISD (overall as district)

• Rating: Met Standard

• Student Achievement, Index 1: 73 points, with target of 50.

• Student progress, Index 2: 28 points, with target of 21.

• Closing performance gaps, Index 3: 68 points, with target of 55.

• Postsecondary readiness, Index 4: 87 points, with target of 75.

WESTWOOD ELEMENTARY

• Rating: Met Standard

• Student Achievement, Index 1: 65 points, with target of 50.

• Student progress, Index 2: 33 points, with target of 30.

• Closing performance gaps, Index 3: 63 points, with target of 55.

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

WESTWOOD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

• Rating: Met Standard

• Student Achievement, Index 1: 75 points, with target of 50.

• Student progress, Index 2: 34 points, with target of 29.

• Closing performance gaps, Index 3: 74 points, with target of 55.

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

WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

• Rating: Met Standard

• Distinctions: Achievement in Math (top quartile)

• Student Achievement, Index 1: 78 points, with target of 50.

• Student progress, Index 2: 19 points, with target of 17.

• Closing performance gaps, Index 3: 73 points, with target of 55.

• Postsecondary readiness, Index 4: 87 points, with target of 75.

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