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Accountability Ratings (August, 2007)

Although proud of the accomplishments of its schools in student achievement, Frisco ISD did not maintain its Recognized rating this year when accountability ratings were released by the state this month.

The state increased standards this year. In order for a district to be cited as Recognized, 75 percent of the total student body and each of the subgroups – white, Hispanic, African American, and economically disadvantaged – had to pass all TAKS subjects. In 2006, the standard was 70 percent. FISD would have maintained the Recognized rating under the 70 percent passing standard, however, in the subgroups of economically disadvantaged and African American, the percent passing did not quite reach 75 percent on the science exam. In addition, to achieve the Recognized rating, 70 percent of the students taking the SDAAII have to pass. Other requirements are a high school completion rate of 85 percent and an annual grade 7-8 dropout rate of .7 percent or less

“When the ratings were released today we were both proud and disappointed. Proud that the hard work of students, staff and families had reaped acknowledgement for many regarding student achievement, and disappointed that our district does not have the recognized rating that many hold as an expectation,” Dr. Debra Nelson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, said.  

Nelson stated that the district knows it has more work to do and science and math will continue to be a focus district-wide and across all grade levels.

“We have hired a Director of School Improvement for this school year to help us drill deeper into our individual student data and to assist in diagnosing what we need to have in place the help each student succeed and excel,” she added. And in a district that is growing as rapidly as Frisco ISD, mobility is a factor, but she was quick to state that it is not an excuse.

“We need to take students from where they are when they come to us and work diligently to move them to where they need to be,” Nelson said. “Our staff is committed to this goal at all levels and we will do whatever it takes to close these gaps.”

Frisco ISD has 13 Exemplary campuses, 13 Recognized campuses and 6 Academically Acceptable Campuses. To link to the state’s accountability rating information go to http://www.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2007/index.html