Today, the District is beginning to see French’s words come to fruition in significant and tangible ways.
On Thursday, August 15, The Terrell Independent School District received their Texas Education Agency (TEA) state accountability A-F ratings and is proud to announce the District rating has increased from a C (75) in 2018 to a B (87) in 2019.
“We are extremely excited to see such significant improvement over the course of the last year,” said Dena Risinger, Terrell ISD School Board President. “These ratings speak volumes of the hard work happening in our classrooms, and I could not be more proud of our students, teachers, and administrators.”
All TISD campuses improved their ratings under the Student Achievement domain in the state's accountability system. The Student Achievement domain measures student performance on STAAR assessments; college, career, and military readiness (CCMR); and graduation rates.
The District earned an A (92) under the Student Progress domain. The Student Progress domain measures district and campus outcomes in two areas: the number of students that grew at least one year academically as measured by STAAR results, and the achievement of students relative to similar districts or campuses.
Two Terrell ISD campuses earned distinction designations from the state: Gilbert Willie Sr. Elementary and Terrell High School. Distinction designations are awarded to campuses that score in the top 25% of a group of 40 similar campuses.
Gilbert Willie Elementary earned three distinctions: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, and Top 25% Comparative Academic Growth. Terrell High School earned two distinctions: Academic Achievement in Science and Postsecondary Readiness.
“While the state’s accountability system can never fully measure the abilities and potential of our students and teachers, we are extremely pleased with the substantial progress we are seeing in our classrooms,” said Dr. Jason Gomez, Terrell ISD Deputy Superintendent. “The vision of transforming TISD that began six years ago is changing lives. We have not arrived at our destination and therefore will not divert, nor slow down this process until all TISD students graduate with hope and opportunity for a bright future.”