Fort Bend ISD Board expects improvements at schools that didn’t meet state standards
Sixty-seven of Fort Bend ISD’s 70 campuses met the standards of the State Accountability Ratings for a total of 96 percent.
But FBISD board president Grayle James, speaking on behalf of the board of trustees, said the board won’t be satisfied until those statistics are 70-of-70 and 100 percent.
The three campuses that didn’t meet the standards are located on the district’s eastern side –Briargate in Missouri City and Ridgemont Elementary and McAuliffe Middle in Houston.
“The board feels their should be a sense of urgency with these three schools,” James said. “We need to hold the administration responsible for fixing these problems. We have to make sure all appropriate resources – financial and personnel – are being considered to help these schools.”
Campuses that don’t meet standards are required to develop a targeted Improvement Plan, which the board is expected to vote upon in December.
“We want the principals on those campuses to know we care and that we’re trying to help them,” James said. “And we want to see measurable goals, so we will know the students are improving.”
James said the board recently gave FBISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre “a good evaluation” but noted “We still have things to work on, we can’t coast. Every school and every student has excellent outcomes and excellent results.”
Teacher retention has been a challenge at the campuses, with 58 new teachers between the three campuses this year, including 33 at McAuliffe.
In a presentation last week, the district recommended placing additional instructional specialists in the classroom, implementing professional development and building parent involvement as potential solutions in the Improvement Plan.