TEA results show improvement for LISD schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

TEA results show improvement for LISD schools

LISD Superintendent Berhl Robertson LISD Superintendent Berhl Robertson
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Education Agency released STAAR accountability ratings for 2014 on Friday and the numbers are good news for the Lubbock Independent School District.

"Last year we had 12 improvement-required campuses and our goal was to eliminate those. Although that's a pretty tough challenge, we've cut those by 50 percent. We went from 12 to 6, so that's a big thing. Our campuses work very hard to do that because nobody wants that stigma,” said LISD Superintendent Berhl Robertson, Jr., Ed.D.

The six "improvement required" campuses for this year are Estacado High School, Dunbar College Preparatory, O.L. Slaton Middle School, Hodges Elementary, Alderson Elementary and Ervin Elementary. Robertson says the goal for 2015 is to go from 6 to 0, but this year's statistics show things are improving.

"We think we're on the right track based on the growth we had this year; however, what happens every year is we'll take the data down to the student level, down to the teacher level, we'll analyze that, we'll be boots on the ground, we're looking at specific objectives that students missed and we'll be very targeted in what we need to do," he said.

"I think it shows what we've done is working. We've spent five years with lots of change, lots of pressures, so this past year we kind of went back to letting people do their jobs, making sure that they had support and knew that they were supported, making sure that teachers understood that they're the ones that matter and the restructure so that we can have more support at the central office level on the campuses helping them do what they do. I think what that shows it's worked but that's not the only thing we're going to have to do. We're going to have to continue to look at programs, continue to look at what we're doing and better and better refine that."

LISD also showed improvement in the "Index 2" area of results which looks at improvements in math and reading for each student.

"Our Index 2 is our growth model where it shows how much we're growing. We increased that by five points which is significant for us because that's what we're about is student achievement and growth," Robertson said. 

"We had 10 campuses that had double digit gains in Index 2, which is phenomenal. One of those campuses was Jackson Elementary which was one of our improvement required campuses this past year. They stood out at the top of everything which shows how much work they put into that campus."

Robertson believes this data will encourage teachers when they report to school next week. He says the challenge now is to continue to improve and make LISD one of the best districts in Texas.

"There was just a high degree of focus on what they needed to do based on the data and we have the data. We can go down to the kid and know exactly what's going on. Sometimes it just takes something like this to make you focus and they did that," he said. 

"We're going to do everything we can to make sure your child has an absolute fantastic education, whether they're a struggling child or a high performing child, our goal is for every one of them to have progress."

All other Lubbock County schools met the state standard.

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