The Royse City ISD Board of Trustees reviewed district and campus improvement plans for all schools at last week’s meeting.
Improvement plans look at data, including student demographics, school programs and processes and student achievement to come up with a campus-specific blueprint that addresses areas of improvement for the student population, teachers and administrators. Amy Hopkins, a curriculum coordinator for the district, presented the plans.
“We started out with a campus needs assessment and what we do with that is we look at four different areas — demographic, programs and processes and perception, and we analyze those,” Hopkins said. “After we receive our achievement data in the summer, we finish our fourth area of the campus needs assessment, that relates to student achievement. We finish the process by developing performance objectives.”
The campus plans, Hopkins added, are “consistent” as they relate to district goals while addressing specific areas throughout each campus. They incorporate state exam data, but don’t rely on it entirely, Hopkins said.
“Everything they have is very intentional, it doesn’t rely entirely on STAAR data but they look at it a lot and the campus improvement plans help us.”
Place 6 Trustee Brian Zator expressed his opinion on the plans, again bringing up “consistency” throughout the campuses and the district.
“There is consistency and reading through, each campus is a little different,” he said. “Everyone has a little bit of a different purpose. It shows the character, the needs for those kids.”
Zator addressed Davis Elementary School specifically, which received an overall grade of “D” from this year’s Texas Education Agency A-F accountability program scoring. That was the lowest grade received from the eight RCISD schools scored, with a total of 68 out of 100 possible points.
“I know it was a little punch to the gut, but that’s not who you guys are at all,” Zator said to the Davis Elementary School principals at the meeting. “I know you, I know your campus and I know there’s a little more you have to do but I appreciate you guys, we appreciate you guys. Just to see what you guys are doing, stepping up and saying, ‘This is who we are.’ It’s not just about these couple of days during the year. Just reading through that plan, I appreciate what you guys are doing.”
Similarly, the board approved TEA-mandated improvement plans targeting specific areas the agency said needs improvement at three schools, including Miss May Vernon, Anita Scott and Davis elementaries. Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs Kenny Kaye Hudson indicated that areas of improvement for the schools include math, reading and writing.
“The great thing about Scott and Vernon is they allowed us to put those focus areas into their campus improvement plans,” Hudson said. “With Davis, they had to come up with something outside of their campus improvement plan. They had to write a specific targeted improvement plan and write their goals in there very specifically.”
Hudson added that the targeted plans would be reviewed quarterly, looking at the progress made and where they need to continue working.
Superintendent Kevin Worthy and the board also distributed appreciation certificates to the district’s principals to commemorate national principals month. They were congratulated for their “efforts with the students, staff, community and parents of the Royse City Independent School District.”
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Julia Robinson also distributed professional development awards to faculty members across the district at the meeting.
“There are actually 46 staff members who have earned an award since we’ve begun school,” she said.