For the second consecutive year, the Clear Creek Independent School District has created and publicly released a Community-based Accountability Report which outlines progress measures beyond results of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). The Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) was also released today, a report largely based on STAAR performance results and student demographics. “The school district and all campuses earned the state’s highest rating of Met Standard. We are pleased to see those ratings but we equally recognize there is more to a quality education than just standardized test scores,” said Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent of School. “We believe this community report card appropriately reflects where we stand in the areas most important to our parents, students, and taxpayers.”
In the 2015 Community-Based Accountability Report, the district has seen an increase in the number of students attending four year universities, earning workforce certifications, and participating in extracurricular activities. These are characteristics, according to a 2014 phone survey, the community found important in judging the quality of an education system.
In addition to student performance and participation, the report also outlines program evaluations conducted in the past year such as Advanced Academics/Gifted and Talented, Career and Technical Education, and Visual and Performing Arts. “These evaluations take a comprehensive look at programs to make sure they are leading to student achievement and if not, what additional resources are needed or is it time to modify or abandon the program,” said the Superintendent. “These particular evaluations indicated the programs are viable opportunities to meet student needs.”
The CCISD Community-Based Accountability report also outlined areas for improvement. Such areas include increasing student participation in advanced academics and increasing the number of students who take the Advanced Placement exams from 67% to over 70%. While the district has experienced an increase in the total number of volunteer hours, the community ranks parent involvement as the biggest challenge facing the school district, above growth and overcrowding and tied with school funding. The school district is working on several initiatives to address this area including a new parent portal, improved district and campus websites, and a stronger emphasis on helping families transition from grade-to-grade.
The 30-plus page report and accompanying interactive dashboard are the result of the district’s involvement in the Texas High Performance Consortium. In an open letter to the community, school board president Dr. Laura DuPont stated, “CCISD has been leading the way in advocating for and on behalf of communities across Texas to create their own local reporting system. I believe the level of detail and depth of this report will provide our stakeholders a solid and balanced look inside the school district.”
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