Federal AYP Ratings Released
Since the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program's inception in 2003, Coppell ISD has fared well in the federal rating system known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) having received eight consecutive "Met Standard" ratings. The district fell short of that mark in 2012. All public school districts, campuses, and the state are evaluated annually for AYP and the rating is one of two…"Met Standard" or "Did not meet Standard." The following offers insight into recent state and federal changes impacting those results.
Texas recently implemented a completely new criterion referenced test in 2011-2012 – the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) to replace the TAKS test that had been in existence for eight years. There was no state accountability system for the 2011-2012 school year during the transition from TAKS to STAAR testing. This past June, 2012, the United States Department of Education (USDE) gave final approval to the Texas AYP plan (referred to as the STAAR Bridge Study for AYP), that identified TAKS performance standards on the new STAAR assessment in grades 3 through 8, since state performance standards were not yet available at those grade levels.
During the past three years, the AYP system for rating districts/campuses increased passing expectations 16 percentage points in Mathematics and 14 percentage points in Reading/English Language Arts. Since 2010-2011 alone, AYP standards have been elevated from 80% to 87% for Reading/English Language Arts (ELA) and from 75% to 83% for Mathematics and significantly exceed the state accountability standards for Recognized for that same period.
Although CISD and the state believe the subjects of Science and Social Studies are equally important (they are included in the state's "Four by Four" graduation plan), they were not included for ratings consideration at the federal level. And while the AYP rating specifies that 95% of designated student groups participate in testing, in CISD, 100% of its students participated in both Reading and Mathematics assessments.
According to Dr. Karen Vance, CISD's Director of Assessment, "Accountability is an important and necessary component of the educational system and every child matters to us. Coppell ISD is in the midst of transforming instruction and has taken a comprehensive approach to measuring the success of our school district and learners. We look at measures in addition to standardized tests including post-secondary readiness, AP and IB participation, and accolades in Athletics and the Arts." Vance noted that the curriculum department will continue to work strategically with staff to close any gaps that exist so that every student in CISD is successful in their educational endeavors. She added, "In its first year of implementation, our teachers did an exceptional job of preparing our students for a more complex, lengthy, and time-driven test. A criterion-referenced test, the STAAR assessment evaluated the extent to which learners comprehended specific content and coursework. We feel confident that our scores will improve each year going forward."