• T.E.A. Rates CISD Recognized

    Final accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) were released on August 1, 2008 and Coppell ISD has retained its rating of “Recognized.” In addition, all ten elementary campuses were designated “Exemplary” as were two of the three middle school campuses, Coppell Middle School East and Coppell Middle School North. Coppell Middle School West and Coppell High School both earned the rating of “Recognized.” “Both the campus ratings as well as the district ratings for CISD were exactly what we earned and our ratings did not have any exceptions,” said Monica Uphoff, Director of Assessment and Accountability.

    This year, dozens of districts and hundreds of schools got special exceptions from the state that helped them clear the lower ratings bar. According to state officials, 95 districts and 142 campuses (all middle and high schools) were able to avoid the lower ratings thanks to a state policy that excuses schools for failing to meet federal dropout standards so long as their passing rates for all student groups on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills are satisfactory.

    Other campuses benefited from a policy that offers exceptions to schools that narrowly miss a higher performance rating because of the test scores of some subgroups of students. Schools were able to claim up to four exceptions. According to the State Education Commissioner Robert Scott, the policy will be discontinued next year.

    In total, more than 800 campuses and 90 districts used one or more exceptions. A total of 313 schools used an exception to avoid an unacceptable rating. There were 37 districts that also used an exception to avoid an unacceptable rating. The ratings are based on TAKS scores, student dropout rates, and high school completion rates.

    “Across the board, we are excited about the job our teachers and students did on our TAKS scores,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turner. We are continuing to make great gains that have kept our scores very competitive with the top school districts in the area. Since the preliminary data came out this past spring, we have been aggressively assessing the data and planning teaching strategies that will help us narrow the focus of our instructional efforts. We will use the success that we’ve had to propel us to do even better as we kickoff this new year.”

    View the resource box at the top of this page for 1) an overview of district ratings in Texas by rating category, 2) a comparison of district accountability ratings in the area, and 3) Coppell’s ratings comparison for the past three years. Visit the TEA website for a complete listing of all accountability data at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/.