Royse City Independent School District received a “B” from the Texas Education Agency through its A-F Accountability program, accounting for eight of the district’s schools.
The state education agency released the 2018-2019 ratings in mid-August and showed that Royse City ISD had received 86 out of 100 possible points. This is a five-point increase from last year’s district score of 81 out of 100.
The grading system is comprised of three separate rating areas that include Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps.
RCISD received a “B” for “Student Achievement,” or 87 out of 100 points making it the district’s highest scoring section. This section is made of STAAR test scores for elementary schools and test scores along with college, career and military readiness and graduation rates for high schools.
For “School Progress,” calculated by academic growth as it relates to STAAR and performance relative to districts with similar socioeconomic backgrounds, the district received a “C,” making it the lowest grade the district received. Looking at the TEA’s explanation of schools that receive a “C” rating in School Progress, districts make “acceptable progress” when two-thirds of students made a year’s worth of academic progress or is “about average compared to similar districts.”
The “Closing the Gaps” section score for RCISD was a “B,” or 85 out of 100 points. This measure looks at groups of students divided by ethnicity, special education groups, economic status, English learners and continuous or non-continuous enrollment. A district earned a “B” for “recognized work” in this category when 62 percent or more of these groups have met state-set goals.
To calculate the overall grade for a school and district, the better score between Student Achievement or School Progress is weighted as 70 percent of the total score while Closing the Gaps counts for 30 percent of the total.
The same week the TEA released the annual scores, RCISD released it’s own “community scorecard.” Now in its second year, the community scorecard was developed with the help of school officials, community members, students, teachers and parents.
In the opening message of the scorecard, RCISD Superintendent Kevin Worthy provided background on the report.
“Public schools are many times marked solely on test scores mandated by the state. As educators, we know that our children are so much more than the outcome of a few testing days in the year. This report is designed to share who we are as a district and the ways that we are working to be the very best we can be for Royse City ISD students,” Worthy said in the message.
The 16-page report by the Community Advisory Committee and the school district details 19 areas of interest, tracking changes and performance over time. The 19 areas are separated into four categories: Teaching and Learning, Opportunities for Students, Culture and Climate and Facilities and Support Operations. The scorecard includes TEA data and test scores but also incorporates district statistics.
In the academic section of the scorecard the scorecard details STAAR scores compared to the state, and also includes a section on student programs that focuses on RCHS college entrance exam performance, advance and dual credit coursework, career training and more. Other sections of the scorecard look at student support programs, student life, district culture and innovation within the district.
The H.H. Browning Academy, the district’s alternative learning center, and Bobby Summers Middle School, still under construction, were not included in the TEA ratings.