More Dallas ISD schools meet standard, show large gains

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Nearly 94 percent of schools in the Dallas Independent School District “Met Standard,” according to the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) accountability ratings for the 2016-2017 school year. According to TEA data released this week, 218 of 233 eligible district campuses achieved the standard.

The most significant progress in this year’s results was a reduction in the number of Improvement Required schools (IR), which fell from 21 schools in the previous year to 15, or 6 percent districtwide in the new rankings. However, accounting for the recent closure of George W. Carver Learning Center, the number of IR schools totals 14.

“This shows significant progress in the district’s efforts to support every school so that all students have success,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “Certainly, we are committed to continuing this trend until all of our campuses meet the academic standards, but this is encouraging news. Our staff, students and parents should be commended for their hard work.”

Additionally, 30 Dallas ISD campuses received all possible academic distinction designations, and 149 schools received at least one distinction.

The results are a strong indication the district is on a promising path toward improved academic achievement. As one sign, the number of IR schools is among the lowest Dallas ISD has seen since TEA transitioned to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in the 2012-2013 school year.

TEA accountability ratings are based on a performance framework that measures school progress in four areas: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

The numbers below reflect the record of district campuses that have met state standards for the past four years:

  • 218 schools (94 percent) in 2017
  • 211 schools (91 percent) in 2016
  • 190 schools (84 percent) in 2015
  • 184 schools (81 percent) in 2014
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