Birdville ISD Earns Highest Rating Under New State Accountability Standards

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the 2016 district and school accountability ratings under the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. Birdville ISD and 31 district campuses earned a rating of Met Standard, while Shannon High School earned a rating of Met Alternative Standard. These are the highest ratings available in the state’s accountability system.

 “I am proud Birdville ISD and every campus once again earned a Met Standard rating under the state’s more rigorous accountability system,” Superintendent Darrell Brown said. “This is a reflection of the continued commitment to teaching and learning by our students and staff.”

 To receive a Met Standard rating, the District and campuses had to meet target scores in Index 3 and Index 4, and either Index 1 or Index 2.  The District and all campuses met targets in all four indexes.

  • Index 1 – Student Achievement, evaluates performance on STAAR across all subjects and all student groups at the satisfactory performance standard.
  • Index 2 – Student Progress, evaluates the academic growth of students in reading and math for 10 student groups, including all students, seven race/ethnicity groups, English language learners and students served by special education.
  • Index 3 – Closing Performance Gaps, evaluates two levels of performance of students who are economically disadvantaged and, as applicable, students from the two lowest performing race/ethnicity groups from the prior year.
  • Index 4 – Postsecondary Readiness, evaluates student performance in all tested grade levels against Level II final standards.  High schools and districts are also evaluated on graduation rates, the percentage of students graduating on Recommended and Distinguished/Advanced plans, and on a postsecondary college and career readiness indicator based on meeting the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) criteria, completion of advanced/dual credit courses, or enrollment in a coherent sequence of career and technology education courses.

Academic highlights from 2016 include:

  • BISD test scores exceeded the state average on STAAR in all subject areas for grades three through eight.
  • Third-grade students exceeded the state average on the STAAR reading test by seven percentage points.
  • Fourth-grade students exceeded the state average on the STAAR reading test by seven percentage points.
  • Fifth-grade students exceeded the state average on the STAAR science test by seven percentage points.
  • Sixth-grade students exceeded the state average on the STAAR math test by seven percentage points.
  • Seventh-grade students exceeded the state average on the STAAR math test by 10 percentage points.
  • Eighth-grade students exceeded the state average on the STAAR science test by six percentage points.
  • BISD students scored one percentage point above the state average on the Algebra 1 EOC exam.
  • BISD students scored two percentage points above the state average on the Biology EOC exam.
  • BISD students scored two percentage points above the state average on the English I EOC exam.
  • BISD students scored five percentage points above the state average on the English II EOC exam.
  • BISD students scored two percentage points above the state average on the U.S. History EOC exam.

 

Important Parent Notice – STAAR Results

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Results for the spring 2016 administration of the STAAR tests for grades 3–8 are now available in Parent Portal (Skyward – Family Access).  Parents may access these results under the Student Performance tab once they log in. If you would like an explanation of the scores, please visit http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/explainresults/. If you do not see your child’s scores in the Parent Portal or are not able to access the Parent Portal, please contact the campus your child attended during the 2015–16 school year after Aug. 4.

Parent Notice: Delayed Delivery of STAAR Results

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Results for the spring 2016 administration of the STAAR tests for grades 3–8 were scheduled to be reported to districts on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. However, the results have been delayed and are now due to be delivered to districts across the state in July. BISD anticipates mailing STAAR test results to parents by the end of July. If you do not receive your child’s results by Aug. 8, please contact the campus your child attended during the 2015–16 school year.

Changes in STAAR Reading and Math for Summer School

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Texas Education Commissioner, Mark Morath, issued a statement regarding STAAR Reading and Math assessments for fifth- and eighth-grade students. Morath announced that the state will be removing student consequences attached to STAAR for fifth and eighth-grade students for the 2015–16 school year. He also cancelled the June 21–22 fifth- and eighth-grade retest administration.

> Read Commissioner Morath’s Statement 

To support student learning, Birdville ISD will continue the accelerated instruction classes through June 22 for fifth- and eighth-grade students who passed all courses but did not pass the second administration of the STAAR Reading or Math assessments. The focus of the classes will be on individual learning plans designed to prepare students for the next grade level and beyond rather than on simply preparing them to pass a test.

Students who did not pass the second administration of STAAR Reading or Math assessments and also did not pass one or more courses will continue their learning at Haltom High School beginning Wednesday, June 15. They will conclude their learning on July 21. (The district is closed July 4–8.) Transportation is provided from the middle school campuses to Haltom High. Someone from the home campus will contact parents to set up a meeting to discuss academic progress and grade placement before the beginning of the school year.