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MCISD poised to miss AYP targets

Raw Adequate Yearly Progress testing data is beginning to paint a tough picture for Mission Consolidated Independent School District as 14 schools will not meet testing targets, and the district — overall — will miss targets in reading and math for all students. The final results are released by the Texas Education Agency in November or December.

“As the raw testing data began to come in, it helped us begin to identify the areas of need even though we won’t know until the spring where we stand regarding state accountability standards,” said MCISD Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez in a press release. “We have been spending the summer tweaking improvement plans for our schools and the district, as well as fine tuning our curriculum implementation.”

Under No Child Left Behind, in order for a school or district to meet AYP requirements, 87 percent or more of their students have to pass the state reading/English language arts test; 83 percent of their students must pass the state mathematics test; 95 percent of their students need to participate in the state testing program; and, depending on the grade level, the school or district had to have either a 75 percent graduation rate or a 90 percent attendance rate. Twenty-eight percent of Texas districts met these high standards, according to a news release from TEA. And 44 percent of Texas campuses met AYP standards.

According to TEA data for MCISD, 84 percent of all students tested met proficiency in Reading and English language arts and 80 percent of all students tested met AYP requirements for math.

The AYP ratings are similar to the state’s accountability system in some respects, but AYP requires performance be met by a number of sub groups, including Hispanic, all students, economically disadvantaged, special education and limited English proficient.

Along with graduation and attendance figures, 2012 AYP evaluations are based on 10th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) results and scores on the STAAR tests for grades 3-8. But passing standards for middle and elementary schools regarding STAAR haven’t been set yet.

Gonzalez said in an MCISD press release that AYP measures are a perfect storm.

“We have been caught up in a perfect storm of the new state testing system that began this past school year and an increase in the AYP standards at all levels,” he said. “I am becoming more and more concerned about what will happen in 2014, when the AYP standards set in the federal No Child Left Behind law calls for 100 percent of students to be passing.

“While that is always our goal, it is highly unlikely schools and districts will attain it. Basically, NCLB has set up schools to ultimately fail, while not providing enough support.”

But it should be noted that President Barack Obama’s administration does allow states to seek waivers, which would grant a way out of meeting standards set in President George W. Bush’s law. Texas has not done so yet, but it also hasn’t ruled it out.

In the meantime, Gonzalez said district officials are focusing on meeting the needs of MCISD students to prepare them for a college or a career.

“There has been a great deal of effort made in planning, curriculum, refining, and staff development,” he said. “We have tremendous teachers, campus staff, and supportive departments. With the continued support of our parents and community, I know we will continue to improve and meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

MCISD officials will file an appeal of ratings with TEA.

MCISD schools meeting AYP standards:

  • Castro Elementary
  • Midkiff Elementary
  • Mims Elementary
  • Veterans Memorial High School

MCISD schools missing AYP targets:

  • Alton Elementary: Missed in reading and math for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged and Limited English Proficient (LEP);
  • Bryan Elementary: Missed in reading and math for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, LEP;
  • Cantu Elementary: Missed In reading for all students, Hispanic and LEP;
  • Cavazos Elementary: Missed in reading for all students, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged;
  • Escobar/Rios Elementary: Missed in reading and math for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged and LEP;
  • Leal Elementary: Missed in reading and math for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged and LEP;
  • Marcell Elementary: Missed in reading for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, LEP;
  • O’Grady Elementary: Missed in reading and math for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, LEP:
  • Pearson Elementary: Missed in reading and math for economically disadvantaged, LEP;
  • Salinas Elementary: Missed in reading for all students, Hispanic;
  • Waitz Elementary: Missed in reading for LEP;
  • Alton Memorial Jr. High School: Missed for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, special education, LEP;
  • Mission Jr. High School: Missed in reading and math for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, special education, LEP;
  • Mission High School: Missed in reading and math for all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, LEP.
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