The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has officially notified New Braunfels Independent School District that it has received a “Met Standard” accountability rating for 2017 along with each of the district’s 13 campuses. The schools were also awarded a total of 21 Distinction Designations among the 12 eligible campuses with almost every campus receiving at least one distinction.
This is the fifth year that the state is using an index-based approach to academic accountability. The campuses and the district were rated based on Student Achievement (Index 1), Student Progress (Index 2), Closing Performance Gaps (Index 3) and Postsecondary Readiness (Index 4).
In order for the campus or district to receive a rating of “Met Standard,” a campus or district must meet the target on either Index 1 or Index 2 plus meet the target on Index 3 and 4. Under the 2017 accountability rating system, all NBISD campuses surpassed each of the four Index Target Scores.
“We are very happy with the ratings the district and schools received this year,” said Dr. Victoria Pursch, NBISD assistant superintendent for accountability and instruction. “It truly takes teamwork among the students, the staff and the parents to make sure that every student is successful and to ensure that their needs are met.”
According to the 2017 Accountability Summary issued to NBISD, the district earned the following scores:
Index 1: Student Achievement = 84 (Target Score = 60)
Index 2: Student Progress = 43 (Target Score = 22)
Index 3: Closing Performance Gaps = 45 (Target Score = 28)
Index 4: Postsecondary Readiness = 78 (Target Score = 60)
Distinction Designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics.
Distinction Designations are awarded to elementary schools in up to six areas that include: 1) Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading; 2) Academic Achievement in Mathematics: 3) Academic Achievement in Science; 4) Top 25 Percent Student Progress; 5) Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps; and 6) Postsecondary Readiness.
At the elementary level, six of the eight campuses –Lone Star, Carl Schurz, Seele, County Line, Walnut Springs and Memorial - received one or more of the six possible Distinction Designations (elementary schools were not eligible for Academic Achievement in Social Studies).
Lone Star was awarded five of the six Distinction Designations. Seele earned four and Walnut Springs earned three. Memorial and County Line earned two stars and Carl Schurz earned one (see chart below for more details).
Distinction Designations are also awarded to secondary campuses in up to seven areas that include: 1) Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading; 2) Academic Achievement in Mathematics; 3) Academic Achievement in Science; 4) Academic Achievement in Social Studies; 5) Top 25 Percent Student Progress; 6) Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps; and 7) Postsecondary Readiness.
At the secondary level, the following campuses earned Distinction Designations: New Braunfels High School for Top 25 Percent Student Progress; NBHS Ninth Grade Center for Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading; New Braunfels Middle School for Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps; and Oak Run Middle School for Academic Achievement in Science.
“I want to commend our students and teachers for their hard work that is reflected in these ratings and distinctions,” said Randy Moczygemba, NBISD superintendent of schools. “NBISD students continue to out-perform the state and region averages and we are looking forward to another stellar year.”
NBISD also surpassed all the components of the Postsecondary Readiness index that examines graduation rates and students graduating on the Recommended and Distinguished/Advanced plans. The NBISD Learning Center otherwise known as “The School of Choice” received an impressive score of 100 out of 100 and surpassed the Target Score of 33. New Braunfels High School also achieved a notable score of 83 out of a possible 100 points that was also well above the Target Score of 60.
Carl Schurz, Seele, Lamar, County Line and Walnut Springs Elementary schools all meet 100 percent of the system’s safeguards in both Performance Rates and Participation Rates.
To view the Accountability Summary Sheets for NBISD and all NBISD schools, CLICK HERE.
New Braunfels ISD
New Braunfels High School
New Braunfels High School Ninth Grade Center
The NBISD Learning Center
Met Alternative Standard
New Braunfels Middle School
Oak Run Middle School
Carl Schurz Elementary
County Line Elementary
Klein Road Elementary
Lone Star Elementary
Walnut Springs Elementary
Link to 2017 Accountability Summaries: http://tea.texas.gov/2017accountability.aspx
The New Braunfels ISD Parent Advisory Committee decided several years ago to begin a new initiative to support NBISD students who need assistant under the McKinney Vento/Homeless Program. With that goal in mind, Maria’s Closet was created in 2012 under the direct supervision of Maria Alcala, the NBISD McKinney Vento liaison.
Years later, you will still find Alcala busy doing inventory and organizing the donations that she currently has housed in Maria’s Closet. As you walk in (the closet), you will see the donated items organized from floor to ceiling with several backpacks prefilled with school supplies ready to go home with students. Clothing, shoes and toiletries fill the shelves and boxes of shoes line the floor.
The donations are received year round from residents, local business and churches as well as partners like Communities in Schools. Her inventory includes both new and gently used clothing and shoes as well as school supplies and hygiene products. Maria’s Closet is open all year long to those that either qualify for service under the McKinney Vento program or have a need.
On Aug. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Maria’s Closet will be open to all NBISD families with currently enrolled students to come pick up school supplies and gently used clothes. Maria’s Closet is located at 407 W. Mill Street across from the NBISD Education Center. Proof of residency is required.
“We started this to help families,” said Alcala. “There is a lot of need out there and we are doing what we can to help those in need. We want to make sure that every student comes to school with what they need.”
On average, NBISD services an estimated 500 students and their families with supplies each school year through Maria’s Closet. Donations are sought year round to help keep the closet stocked with supplies. Monetary donations can be made payable to NBISD/Homeless Program.
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