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All Texas schools were recently given accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency, and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced on Tuesday that more than 400 campuses that received a Met Standard rating also earned all distinction designations applicable to their individual school, including Alvarado Elementary School South. 

“Earning one or several campus-level distinctions is notable and should be applauded by a community as an outstanding achievement,” Morath said. “For a school to earn every potential distinction applicable to their campus is difficult, but a reflection of some truly amazing work by our educators.”

During the 85th Texas Legislature, House Bill 22 established three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses.

The three domain include:

• Student achievement: how much students know and are able to do at the end of the school year.

• School progress: how students perform over time and how that growth compares to similar schools.

• Closing the gaps: tells how well different populations of students in a distract are performing. Under the state’s old system, school districts and individual campuses either receive the “met standard” rating, or the “improvement required” rating. The system looked at four different areas of student success: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

Districts received a rating of A, B, C, D or F for overall performance, as well as performance in each domain. Individual campuses will receive A-F ratings in August 2019.

Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics, according to the TEA. Depending on campus grade levels and type, the number of potential distinction designations can vary.

Alvarado ISD received a C, with the district receiving a C in student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. All individual campuses received a Met Standard rating except one, with many campuses receiving distinctions. Alvarado Intermediate School received the “improvement required” rating.

AESS received distinctions in English Language Arts/reading and math and in the top 25 percent in postsecondary readiness and closing the gaps.

AESS Principal Karla Moore said the recognition is a great indicator that the process we have in place are definitely working.

“I believe much of Alvarado Elementary South’s success has resulted from a culmination of students, teachers, staff members and administrators consistently working together in order to reach a common goal,” Moore said. “I don’t really see my campus or district as being different than any other school district throughout the state. We all have mission, vision and commitment statements that guide us, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to accomplish at Alvarado Elementary South.” 

AISD Superintendent Kenneth Estes said their teachers and school leaders work hard to ensure each of their students has opportunities to be successful in whatever they are doing.

“It’s nice to be recognized for the distinctions as they are purely a by-product of the effort our educators and students are putting forth in our pursuit and climb for excellence,” Estes said. “Alvarado ISD is truly blessed to have such incredible educators, students, parents, board members and community members who are committed to our mission and vision.”

For information about the accountability ratings, visit tea.texas.gov/accountability.

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