The six EPISD campuses that received Improvement Required last year are now rated as Met Standard in the 2016 Accountability Ratings released by the Texas Education Agency Monday.
The six schools that improved their rating from Improvement Required to Met standard are Guillen and Terrace Hills middle schools as well as Burnet, Rusk, Schuster and Stanton elementary schools.
Ratings show all but two El Paso Independent School District campuses received the Met Standard rating – the highest given by the TEA – based on testing scores and other guidelines.
EPISD plans to appeal the rating of Bowie High School and the College, Career and Technology Academy based on an internal review that seems to indicate that both schools could have earned a higher rating than they received.
“Our students keep showing improvement thanks to the high-quality teaching that is happening throughout EPISD. Nowhere is it more apparent than in those six schools that improved their ratings this year,” Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. “We also continue work the data we were provided to make sure that our schools receive the rating they deserve given their hard work and their results.”
A review of figures for Bowie and CCTA indicate that the test results for both schools were close to the Met Standard level. The District is therefore asking the state to re-assess the ratings for both campuses.
Ivonne Durant, EPISD’s deputy superintendent for academics and school leadership, said there’s reason to believe both Bowie and CCTA earned high-enough scores to be rated Met Standards, and hopes the state review of both campuses will mean a reverse of their current rating.
“EPISD has adopted several new initiatives that look to challenge students to learn in ways that are challenging and forward thinking. Those initiatives already have created better learning environments,” Durant said. “Our desire in filing this appeal for Bowie and CCTA is to accurately reflect student performance in those two campuses.”