• CISD Receives Exemplary Rating

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released state accountability ratings for the 2009-2010 school year and Coppell ISD received a rating of Exemplary, an increase from last year's Recognized rating. Only 239 Texas districts earned the coveted Exemplary rating.

    Thirteen CISD campuses also earned Exemplary ratings, including Coppell High School and CMS East which were previously Recognized campuses. Wilson Elementary earned the second highest rating of Recognized.

    “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, and staff, CISD was able to earn an Exemplary rating. We are excited about this rating increase; however, the goals for students in CISD far exceed success on a one-time state test,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turner.

    According to TEA, to earn an Exemplary rating, at least 90 percent of a district's or school's students passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), 95 percent of high school students either graduated on time or continued high school for a fifth year, and the district had an annual middle school dropout rate of 1.8 percent or less. More rigorous standards were implemented this year to determine the state's Recognized rating. The new standards require 80 percent of all students and each evaluated student group to pass the TAKS, compared to 75 percent in previous years. Additionally, the school or district must achieve an 85 percent completion rate. A district or campus could earn each rating by meeting the absolute standards or by using the Texas Projection Measure (TPM) or exceptions. Special measures can only be used to move up one rating category.

    Ten campuses met absolute standards to receive their Exemplary ratings. Three campuses (CHS, Austin, and Wilson) were elevated one level in the ratings with the TPM applied. CMS West received one exception for a sub-population in mathematics, which elevated their rating to Exemplary.

    Districts and campuses rated Academically Acceptable or higher may be acknowledged for high performance on a number of indicators under the Gold Performance Acknowledgment (GPA) system. These acknowledgments will be issued in October 2010.

    Visit the TEA website for a complete listing of all accountability data at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2010/index.html. Also, click here to learn more about the Texas Projection Measure (TPM): http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=8351&menu_id=793.