April 8, 2021
Dear CISD Families,
Our core value of redefining success aligns nicely with our mantra of our kids being more than just one test on one day. Tuesday’s statewide outage of the Educational Testing System (ETS), which administers the STAAR test, reinforces to us all that this test should not play the prominent role it currently does in holding school districts accountable in Texas. Though waived this year, the Texas Education Agency still relies heavily on STAAR to measure the success of our public schools. If we held the TEA to that same standard, well, I don’t believe Tuesday’s experience would pass the test.
I believe STAAR tests do not give a complete picture of Coppell ISD, our students, our schools or any schools in Texas for that matter. In fact, if we “just” based our accountability on the state's “grades,” we could argue in CISD that we do not need to improve in any area, because we’ve received an “A” for the past two years. We know that not to be true, as we follow a continuous improvement model of identifying our areas of improvement and working to resolve them.
This belief is why CISD is committed to our Community Accountability Based System (CBAS) to measure growth and identify opportunities for improvement. CBAS is one of our district goals and it matters, because it means our community, which includes our staff, our students and their families, our businesses, and our community members share in the development and analysis of the system that holds the district accountable. The CBAS system is from our community and for our community. It aligns with our mission and core values. I encourage you to visit www.coppellisd.com/cbas to learn more.
In CISD, we believe continuous improvement is critical to growth, learning and innovation. We look at the whole child and CISD and desire for our students to have a full experience emphasizing academics, athletics, fine arts, service and much more. Our incredible staff are partnering with our students and families to create innovative learning experiences and opportunities that defy the ability of a standardized test to measure the growth of our learners. As we like to say, “You can’t test that.”
Dr. Brad Hunt