Two AISD Campuses Among the State’s 400 Top Performers

Two AISD Campuses Among the State’s 400 Top Performers
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September 16, 2016—San Jacinto Elementary and South Lawn Elementary are among 400 Texas schools lauded for having ‘Met Standard’ and earning all possible distinctions under 2016 state accountability ratings.

Distinctions are based on achievement and performance indicators among 40 peer campuses of similar type, size and demographic. According to the Texas Education Agency, up to seven distinctions can be earned, depending on campus grade levels and type, in English language arts, math, science, social studies, and other markers like student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. Seventy percent of AISD campuses eligible to earn distinctions earned at least one.  “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus,” said Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.

San Jacinto Principal Mike Manchee says the lesson from distinctions is that simply “passing” isn’t good enough.  “San Jacinto students are growing academically. Our students are improving at a faster rate than their peers across the state. But, for us to prepare each student for success beyond high school, we have to constantly push for more and more growth.”

At South Lawn, news of the school’s earned distinctions follows on the heels of an exciting 2015 for the campus, when it was named a National Blue Ribbon School and an Honor Roll School. “This recognition reinforces efforts by South Lawn students and staff to continue to strive for excellence,” said Principal Donna Harris.

2016 accountability ratings were released last month for more than 8,600 campuses across the state. Of them, 94 percent earned the ratings of ‘Met Standard.’