What a great first week of school! It was a pleasure to visit so many campuses as students returned to the classroom, and I hope you are as excited as I am about another tremendous year of learning.
In a quirk of the calendar, LISD’s first day of school was immediately preceded by the announcement of state accountability ratings. Once again, the district scored well overall and in relation to peer districts from throughout the state. LISD students and schools earned 63 Distinction Designations awarded by the Texas Education Agency for academic performance, an increase of 62 percent from the previous year.
TEA groups schools with similar campuses from throughout the state and awards performance-based distinctions based on those comparisons. To earn a distinction, a school must score in the top quartile of their 40-school comparison group. Throughout the district, 22 of 40 schools earned at least one distinction, including all six comprehensive high schools.
Our teachers focus on academic growth for all students, working to find solutions for every student in our classrooms. When educators work to build relationships and provide opportunities for students to succeed, great things happen for our young men and women.
While state accountability, college entrance exams and other academic measures are important for calculating academic growth, our focus continues to be on growing the whole child, whatever their talents, to prepare them for life beyond the classroom.