After having 8 schools rated academically unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency, Lubbock ISD superintendent Dr. Karen Garza speaks out about the district's plan to improve next year.
"The challenge is to keep them on track, on grade level, all the way through the system," Garza said.
All 8 unacceptable schools and an additional 10 priority schools will receive special attention from central office, at least once a week. District leaders will be assigned schools to monitor achievement and offer support.
Dr. Garza will personally work with Atkins Middle School and Parkway Elementary School.
"If we see a student is struggling we'll have time within the school day with some smaller groups that teachers can have real focused intervention with students," Garza said.
This will be the second year of LISD's aligned curriculum called C-SCOPE. Garza said the curriculum is a little more rigorous, but the goal is to get all students on the same page.
"Next year it's a requirement to have intervention built in the school day," Garza continued. "So we'll be able to respond to students who are not staying up on content right away during the school day."
In addition to daily intervention, students will take a benchmark test every 6 weeks so teachers can monitor progress.
The number of academically unacceptable campuses went up across the state according to the TEA. In 2010 there were 104 academically unacceptable schools, now there are 569.
Texas State Educators Association's Clinton Gill said there are several reasons for the statewide increases. He says the removal of the Texas Projection Measure is one of the biggest factors.
Gill said the TPM passed students who failed the TAKS test if they showed a certain amount of improvement. This was the first year the TPM wasn't factored into the ratings.
There was also more emphasis placed on the results of special education students this year, according to Gill.
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