As passing standards on the state assessment are on the rise, the Clear Creek Independent School District continues to shine.
The school district and all 44 campuses scored well above the state’s standards for student achievement, student progress from year-to-year, closing the achievement gap and post-secondary readiness.
“We always strive for the best,” said Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent of the Clear Creek Independent School District. “We will continue to meet the needs of all children and raise our own expectations year after year.”
The Texas Education Agency this week released the 2016 accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,600 campuses across the state, according to the agency’s website.
In total, about 94 percent of school districts and charters across Texas received the Met Standard rating.
The 2016 ratings are based on a system that uses a range of indicators to provide greater detail about the performance of districts and individual campuses.
The performance index framework includes four areas: Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness.
In the Clear Creek Independent School District every campus met every index, said Dr. Jon Maxwell, executive director of assessment and evaluation.
“We had no campus miss an index – that’s huge,” Dr. Maxwell said. “To keep this high level of achievement, even as the standards went up, is wonderful.”
Student Achievement provides a look at performance from all subjects; Student Progress shows growth from year-to-year by subject and student group; Closing Performance Gaps emphasizes the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and the lowest performing racial/ethnic groups; and Postsecondary Readiness underlines the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs, or the military.
According to the Texas Education Agency, districts and individual campuses must meet targets in three of the four categories. Each campus in the Clear Creek Independent School District surpassed the state’s target index.
Regardless of being one of the highest-ranked school districts in Galveston County, the state’s report is not the only indicator of student success within the district, Dr. Smith said.
“Our students excel in many areas beyond just that of standardized tests,” he said.
Those accolades include the more than 200 students who are named annually as Superintendent Scholars, who are high school students recognized for outstanding academic achievement. These students earn grades of at least 95 in all courses each semester.
It also includes the growing number of students who receive state certifications in the health, manufacturing and culinary arts fields each year to help them when entering the workforce, Dr. Smith said.
To view campus-by-campus results for CCISD, click here.