BISD Addresses the New State A-F Report Card

BISD Addresses the New State A-F Report Card
Posted on 08/20/2018
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Public schools across the state of Texas were recently issued an A-F rating based on a standard of measurement developed without the input of students, parents, teachers, or community members. While we were not rated by this system because of the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our district last school year, we feel a responsibility to convey our district’s stance on the rating system.

This rating is not a measurement of the hard work our students and teachers put in all year long, but an analysis of a once-per-year test score. It fails to determine academic success of our students. It does not accompany any suggestions, but will potentially label our campuses, neighborhoods, and community as lacking. It will not account for the unique needs of the whole child, evidence of learning, diversity, academic needs and competency, extracurricular offerings, community involvement, teaching strategies, or cumulative performance. This rating will have no effect on our strong and rigorous academic program through which we challenge and encourage our students. It will not deter our focus of preparing students for life after high school, whether that be a college, career, or military path - a far more substantial feat than using a multiple-choice test to rate a student’s preparedness. This rating is not how we will measure our students.

We respect the difficulty of designing a system to quantify the success of a school. It is much more efficient to measure the scores from a single, standardized test than to measure:

  • The best Goddard Rocketry program in the country (Brazoswood High School).
  • The number of state distinctions recently awarded to our campuses (15).
  • The number of new elementary schools built from bond funds (2, with 3 more in the works).
  • The number of eleventh graders in Brazosport ISD given the opportunity to take the ACT at no cost (ALL).
  • The number of consecutive years our district has been awarded state recognition for our financial integrity and transparency (15).
  • Number of community leaders who have gone through the BISD Community Leadership Team the last 5 years to receive an intense firsthand look into the inner workings of the district (85).
  • The number of Grants for Great Ideas issued by our Education Foundation last school year (18 grants totaling $72,221).
  • The number of free meals provided to families at BISD campuses during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey (4,000+).
  • The number of BISD campuses who recently earned the “No Place for Hate” distinction (13).
  • The number of BISD staff members selected to present at state and national conferences last school year (30+).
  • The number of staff members selected to represent BISD at the summer leadership programs by Raise Your Hand Texas (a nonprofit working to strengthen and improve public education) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (3).
  • Number of scholarship dollars earned by BISD secondary art students at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art competition ($48,000).
  • Number of scholarship dollars earned by BISD secondary art students at the Austin Rodeo Youth Art competition ($8,000).
  • Clute Intermediate School received Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2017-2018 school year from the Flippen Group.
  • The number of students on every girl and boy athletic team at Brazosport High who made it to the playoffs (ALL Brazosport High Athletic Teams).
  • The number of consecutive years, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) honored the Brazosport ISD Child Nutrition department with a Best of the Bunch Award for its achievement in Commissioner Miller’s 2017 Local Products Challenge (2).
  • The number of BISD schools to receive funding from the highly competitive Dow Gives Education Grants Program (9).
  • The number of Brazoswood High School seniors recently recognized for their exceptional academic promise from the National Merit and Achievement Scholarship Programs (4).
  • The number of BISD students named as National Hispanic Scholars in in 2018 (3).
  • The number of BISD students named as Commended and/or Finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program (3).
  • The number of BISD 6th graders given the opportunity to experience being a part of a real spaceflight program as a result of the generous $25,000 grant funding provided by Dow, BASF, the University of Texas and the BISD Education Foundation (ALL BISD 6th Graders).
  • The number of students that graduated from our alternative high school last school year (100+)
  • The number of BISD students earning their associate degree before receiving their high school diplomas this past year (12).
  • The number of BISD athletes earning District or State Academic Distinctions (111).
  • The number of Science Olympiad programs competing at the state level (2).
  • The number of schools outfitted with cross-curricular STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, math) programs for students in grades K-6 (3).
  • The number of high school band programs earning TMEA Honor Band status in the last two years (2).
  • The number of high school theatre program ranked #1 in the state and State Sweepstakes winner last school year (1).
  • The number of BISD students who advanced to the state competition of You Be the Chemist (6).
  • The number of BISD seventh grade students who earned state recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) by scoring approximately at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT (9).
    • One BISD student (Hannah Fey) also earned Grand Recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program with scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests.
  • The number of BISD educators selected to be a part of Dow Chemical's Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program (4).
  • The number of schools across the nation that was named as a national model Professional Learning Community (Gladys Polk Elementary was 1 of 130 schools nationally and 1 of 15 in Texas).
  • The number of BISD students selected to participate in 2018 Summer Lone Star Leadership Academy camp (4).

Because there is so much this new system of measurement will not take into account, we invite you to review the list above as well as our website and online weekly Brag page for many more highlights of our student and staff, which are not captured on a once a year paper/pencil multiple choice test.

If the state again uses the A-F report card rating system next year, we will accept the rating we receive as an arbitrary measurement with no effect on the way we teach, protect, encourage and love our students.

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