Fort Bend ISD is Exemplary in CaSE ratings
District also receives Met Standard accountability rating, remains focused on continued improvement
With an eye on ongoing, continuous improvement, Fort Bend ISD has publicly posted the results of the 2016 Community and Student Engagement (CaSE) ratings on the district’s website, www.fortbendisd.com.
Under House Bill 5, passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, all public school districts are required to evaluate their performance in regard to community and student engagement. Districts must assign one of four performance ratings from exemplary to unacceptable.
2016 CASE RATINGS
Results of the 2016 parent climate survey are just one of the factors that determined the 2016 CaSE ratings for the district and its 71 campuses. To calculate ratings, a district committee established a set of indicators for each performance area, and the district and campus rating was determined by the percentage of indicators met in each area.
Data was collected from campuses, program directors, the 2016 parent climate survey, and the district’s student information system. Overall, Fort Bend ISD was rated Exemplary in the 2016 CaSE Ratings and received a “yes” for compliance. Of the district’s 71 campuses, 61 percent were rated Exemplary, 27 percent were rated Recognized, and 13 percent were rated Acceptable. District administrators shared the 2016 CaSE Rratings with campus administrators in June to help principals set their campus goals for the upcoming year.
“Fort Bend ISD is dedicated to being a collaborative organization, and so we appreciate that our parents factor into the district’s CaSE rating. We are excited to receive an overall Exemplary rating, as it reaffirms the work of our 10,000 employees who are dedicated to fulfilling our mission to inspire and equip all students to pursue a future beyond what they can imagine. The ratings also show areas where we – and our campuses – have opportunities to improve,” said Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of Schools.
As required, the district’s overall performance, as well as the performances of campuses, are evaluated in the areas of fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and parental involvement, 21st century workforce development (high school only), second language acquisition programs, digital learning environment, dropout prevention strategies (high school only), gifted and talent program, and compliance with statutory and policy requirements. In the future, these CaSE Ratings will also be factored into the overall TEA Accountability Rating for each campus.
2016 TEA accountability ratings
Fort Bend ISD received the rating of Met Standard in the 2016 State Accountability Ratings, with 69 of its 71 campuses also receiving the designation assigned to campuses and charter schools statewide. As part of the annual accountability ratings, all public schools and charters are assigned labels of Met Standard or Improvement Required. Under the 2016 State Accountability System, campuses are rated on four indexes, including student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and, at the high school level, postsecondary readiness.
Student progress at Willowridge High School continued to improve during the 2015-16 school year, resulting in a rating of Met Standard. A former Improvement Required campus in the 2015-16 school year, Willowridge has exited the state’s intervention process as a result of meeting accountability standards for two consecutive years. Under the current state accountability system, a campus must meet state standards for two consecutive years before it exits the Texas Education Agency required intervention process.
McAuliffe Middle School, which was previously rated Improvement Required, also saw progress during the 2016 ratings and earned a Met Standard rating. The campus will continue to engage in the state’s intervention process for the 2016-17 school year. “In Fort Bend ISD, we strongly believe that student performance on a single test – on a single day – does not accurately capture the complexities of our work. Still, in order to truly enable all students to reach their full potential, we know that we must be able to meet each student’s individual needs at every one of our campuses,” said Dupre. “The 2016 accountability results are encouraging, as they demonstrate that our efforts to differentiate instruction and improve learning are working at some campuses. The results also reinforce the importance of allocating additional resources at two of our most challenged schools.”
To improve instructional efforts and help students achieve, Fort Bend ISD is introducing the EDGE (Educators Dedicated to Growing Excellence) instructional model at Briargate and Ridgemont elementary schools in the 2016-17 school year. The innovative learning experience is designed to result in improved student achievement and consists of a holistic approach to student achievement, while also offering teachers the opportunity to grow professionally and develop as leaders.