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TEA Releases School District Grades; 4 El Paso Districts Earn A’s, Region’s Overall Average is ‘B’

On Wednesday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2018 state accountability ratings for more than 8,700 campuses statewide.

Locally only four school districts – one traditional and three open enrollment charter schools – stood atop the list with an ‘A’ for a grade.

Leading the pack was Harmony Science Academy with an overall grade of 94, followed by Burnham Wood Charter School with a 92.  Vista Del Futuro Charter also earned a 92, however the TEA did not award them an ‘A,’ only that they ‘Met Standard.’

Canutillo ISD topped the traditional districts with a 91, followed by Paso Del Norte Academy with a 91 as well.  Via a news release, officials with Canutillo ISD shared their excitement.

“This new high rating tells us nothing new about the exemplary performance of our students under our outstanding teachers and staff,” Canutillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz said. “We have been seeing the evidence of significant improvement in student progress at our schools for quite some time now.”

Of their ‘B’ rating, Socorro ISD’s Superintendent José Espinoza said,  “Our overall rating shows that Team SISD is doing a great job of ensuring our students are achieving, progressing and prepared for post-secondary education,” Espinoza said. “While the ratings reflect a new way that the state is looking at performance, it is based in a large part on a standardized test students take one day out of the year and doesn’t reflect the whole amount of work and investment we make in our students. However, there is always room for improvement and we are committed to continue working toward 100 percent academic excellence for all students.”

Officials with the El Paso Independent School District also reacted to the numbers, saying they “showed tremendous growth and improvement and surpassed other large urban school districts in Texas, according to accountability figures released by the Texas Education Agency today…EPISD’s score of 86 is the highest for urban districts that serve overwhelmingly large numbers of low-income students.”

EPISD’s Superintendent Juan Cabrera added, “We are building the best EPISD in our history…I am proud of our dedicated teachers who have done an exceptional job of adapting modern and innovative methods of learning. Thank you to our teachers and community who have supported our historic efforts over the past five years.”

According to the release from the TEA, campuses receive a rating based on performance in three areas:

  • Student Achievement measures what students know and can do by the end of the year.  It includes results from state assessments across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, like AP and ACT results, and graduation rates.
  • School Progress measures how much better students are doing on the STAAR test this year versus last year, and how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students.
  • Closing the Gaps looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors.

Seventy percent of the accountability rating is based on the better of Student Achievement or Student Progress (whichever is better is the only performance measure counted). The remaining 30 percent is based on performance in the Closing the Gaps area.

To learn more about the A-F accountability system, click here.

Note that while 2018 campus ratings continued under the Met StandardMet AlternativeStandard or Improvement Required labels, district ratings are based on an A-F scale. The A–F rating labels will be applied to campuses at the end of the upcoming school year.

Districts, charters, and campuses can appeal the rating assigned on August 15. TEA will release the final 2018 ratings based on the outcomes of the appeals in December. To view the 2018 state accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses, visit the TEA website.

In the graphic below are the region’s schools, sorted by letter-grade average, as selected on the TEA website.

**editor’s note** Graphic was created by combining all El Paso County schools, adding Fort Hancock and Dell City, via the TEA’s sorting data, via the letter grades.

To view the specific schools, use the box below to search out each individual school via the searchable tool below.

Select a school or district below to get started. Use TXschools.org to see how well different schools and districts are doing. Each report provides an in-depth look into how campuses and districts are performing overall and in different areas.

 

EPCC Dual Credit, Early College High School Program Recognized as Example of Excellence Finalist

On Wednesday it was announced that EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College Program has been recognized as a finalist in the Examples of Excellence in the associate level.

“EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College High School programs are having tremendous results in getting youth in our region on a path to higher education,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “The data shows that students who take just one college course in high school are more likely to pursue a college degree and be successful.”

The EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College Program gives students opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school.

EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College High School program was one of only 21 finalists selected from more than 139 nominated programs from 27 states, DC and Puerto Rico.

The four 2018 Examples of Excelencia will be announced October 11th at the Celebración de Excelencia in Washington, DC.

“We are honored that Excelencia in Education has selected El Paso Community College’s Dual Credit and Early College High School Program as an Example of Excelencia.  This nation-wide recognition highlights the work we are doing to provide students in our region the opportunity to take college courses while in high school,” Tonie Badillo, Dean of EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College High School Programs said.

“These students have the opportunity to save time and money by getting a head start on their college career.”

Since being established more than a decade ago, EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College High School program has addressed the region’s low educational rate in comparison with Texas and the Nation.

The program has become a nationally recognized model for its success rates. Students in EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College programs have high graduation and completion rates in the courses they take and when they continue to 4-year institutions. The data shows that 58 percent of students who take just one college course in high school pursue an advanced degree versus 33 percent for those who do not.

Students in EPCC’s Early College High School Programs have a 75 percent success rate in completing their associate degree while still in high school which outperform the national and state averages which are less than 30 percent.

EPCC offers Dual Credit in the majority of area high schools. There are 12 Early College High Schools spread out through area school district partners including Canutillo ISD, Clint ISD, El Paso ISD, Fabens ISD, Socorro ISD and Ysleta ISD.

¡Excelencia in Education! is an organization that works to accelerate Latino student success, enhance our workforce, leadership, and economy. Examples of Excellence recognizes institutions and practices that bring attention to evidence-based practices that work for Latino students in education.

Herald-Post Best of 2017: Year in Pictures

It’s another year in the history books, as 2017 fades and 2018 dawns.

From the streets of downtown, to the football fields of the schools around town, to the houses of worship throughout the Borderland and locations in between, our photographers were busy documenting our story.

Below are the best shots from our team of photographers: Chief Photographer Andres Acosta, Steven Cottingham and Kevin Venegas.

Video+Gallery: Replays Ready – 2017 Socorro ISD Marchfest Prelims & Finals

We here at El Paso Herald-Post are proud to bring you the replays of our streaming coverage of the 2017 SISD Marchfest.

“This program is like the halftime that doesn’t end, paired with day-long qualifying similar to what you’d see at Daytona or Indy,” said Chris Babcock, long-time play-by-play announcer.

“These kids, the directors, the parents and the pit crews have been working since mid-summer for this event, with their eyes on the prize of a state championship, as a 7-year-band dad I felt the time was right to give them the spotlight they deserve.”

Babcock was joined by Lorraine Kubala, retired band director and band blogger, for the special all day event.

The finals are above, while you can check out your favorite band during the prelims via the player below.

Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald-Post

Fabens ISD Superintendent Garcia thanks board members, community

At the January Fabens ISD Board Meeting, Superintendent Poncho Garcia Jr. recognized and thanked the board members for their service and commitment to the community and students of Fabens.

Garcia said that each board member has the passion and commitment to see all students succeed at the highest level possible; and that each  stand up for public education and support the district in doing what is best for all our students.

Garcia, the longest-serving superintendent in the region at 15 continuous years in his position, made sure the Fabens ISD School Board members were recognized for their role in the district’s success.

Board members Orlando Flores, President, Rey Sepulveda, Vice-President, Aurora Alvillar, Secretary, and Sylvia Gonzales, Marcos Salcido III, Greg Spence and Benjamin Morales, were all honored as residents who donate their time and service to ensure that the entire district provides the best learning opportunities for all students.

Garcia said, “Our board has done an excellent job insetting high expectations in offering numerous opportunities for our students to be both college and career ready…we are very appreciative for all the support the board has given in making a district of “Wildcat Pride”, character and family.”

In response, the Board members had the following statement about Mr. Garcia’s tenure in Fabens:

Accomplishments are not possible unless there is equal and sincere commitment from board and superintendent. The board meaningfully values the forty-one years of experience that Mr. Garcia has in Education. The board equally recognizes that he is the only superintendent in Region 19 who is a Veteran with service to the U.S. Navy.

To date, Mr. Garcia is the only superintendent in Region 19 with the longest tenure of fifteen years in office. This service and experience has built a trustworthy relationship and has allowed Mr. Garcia to foster a very strong sense of stability for Fabens.

Garcia responded by saying he “[was] appreciative of the continuous support and commitment from all board members.” Garcia added, “As a former U.S. Navy “sailor”, Mr. Garcia is prepared and excited to see that every student “sails” with the opportunities that are brought to Fabens and ensure that they are academically and socially successful.”

The following are some of the accomplishments that Mr. Garcia highlighted:

 Increased enrollment in dual credit & college courses

 Established the Cotton Valley Early College High School

 Designation of FHS as a T-STEM Academy by Texas Education Agency

 Met Standard Rating

 13+ years of Superior Rating on OUR School First

 Recruiting and retaining of high qualified teachers and staff

 Highest paid teacher salary in Region 19

 Provided technology equipment (laptops) to all teachers

 Upgrading & renovating facilities

1. New FHS Gym 2. FES exit road 3. New Track Field 4. New Tennis Courts

 Free breakfast and lunch

 Renovation of FHS Fine Arts building

 Successful Passage of Bond for $8.4 million (Nov. 2014)

 Community health based clinic-GAMUT

 Created a Counselor’s Corner at FHS

 Redesigned District Website

 Investment of $250,000 for band instruments

 David Sublasky Headstart Center

 FHS courses at FMS

 Highly successful UIL program at all grade levels

 Expanding business partnerships

 Refunding bonds with a savings of $740,000

 Healthy fund balance

 Investigating and sightseeing new CATE to include Culinary Arts and Agriculture

In addition, during the past ten years, the board also supported the expansion of FHS library, construction of Fabens Elementary School, Renovation of O’Donnell Intermediate School, Amador Villalobos Field House, Science Lab at FHS, and a Multipurpose Center.

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