Following their rating of ‘C’ in August by the Texas Education Agency, San Angelo ISD is focusing on a comprehensive look at their accountability. T.E.A. recently announced the results of a round of appeals to August scores, but San Angelo was not part of that announcement as they did not appeal their score.
“In response to our accountability rating,” said Dr. Jana Rueter, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for SAISD, “we certainly want to respond with what we are doing for our students and the interventions that we are providing. The focus on instruction and how we’re improving instruction in the classroom with best practice and professional learning for our teachers.”
In addition to the T.E.A. rating system, the district is setting up a community based system which will provide a more accurate and useful read-out of performance and accountability.
“We are working with the state of Texas,” said Rueter. “Through the Texas Association of School Administrators to develop a community based accountability system.”
That system, incorporates the input of students and parents, in addition to that of school administrators. The district will announce more information, and details on how to become involved in the community based accountability program early in 2019.
There was some concerned voiced by members of the community as to whether the T.E.A rating, lower than some surrounding districts, would have a negative impact on SAISD being considered for the Holdsworth Center leadership program. It does not. In fact, the work that the district is doing to assess and improve following their T.E.A. rating benefits their chances of advancing past the top 14.