The grades are in: San Benito schools meet the challenge

SAN BENITO — It’s that time of year again.

The time school districts either welcome or dread.

San Benito school district has nothing to fear, they met standard.

That means, according to the Texas Education Agency’s Texas Academic Performance Report, the district has passed, performing within the standards set by the state.

Over the past two years, the San Benito school district has met the standard defined by TEA’s accountability ratings.

Tuesday night, the community heard a first-hand account and general breakdown of the report.

But what does that mean?

The report, formerly known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System report published annually by the TEA, contains information on student performance at the campus and district level.

The report also contains campus performance objectives, student demographics, finances, staffing, and program expenditures.

TEA requires the report to be presented to the community through a public hearing within 90 days of its publishing.

Director of Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, Gina Ortiz presented the report to the board and the public.

The San Benito School District scored well above the targeted numbers in all four indexes.

“This is the highest rating a school district can achieve,” Ortiz said.

In index one, student achievement, the district scored a 67.

The target score is 60.

In index two, student progress, the district scored a 32.

The target score is 20.

In index three, closing performance gaps, the district scored a 38.

The target score is 28.

In index four, post secondary readiness, the district scored a 73.

The target score is 57.

Despite the great reviews from the state, there are several areas that require district follow up.

Although the district met standard for state accountability, the district will focus on improving STAAR performance for grades 3-12.

The district will follow up with the students who failed to meet the requirements for college readiness in reading and English, which the district currently measures at 30 percent, 19 percent in college ready math, 16 percent in both English and math and 78 percent of students were college and career ready.

Several areas are already in the process of being addressed.

Areas of celebration

• Graduation rates are higher than the region and state.

• The district met the standard.

• There was a higher rate of students participating in the career and technology program in comparison to the state.

• District dropout rate is lower than the state and region.

• District showed an increase in the percent of graduates enrolled in Texas higher education.

Student information

Enrollment has declined from 11,035 students to 10,885.

81 percent are economically disadvantaged.

23 percent are limited in English.

20 percent are bilingual.

7 percent are special education students.

99 percent are Hispanic.

Dropout rates 9-12 — dropout rates are down

District

2012-2013 — 2.2 percent

2013-2014 — 2.3 percent

2014-2015 — 1.3 percent

State

2012-2013 — 2.2 percent

2013-2014 — 2.2 percent

2014-2015 — 2.1 percent

Region

2012-2013 — 2.6 percent

2013-2014 — 2.6 percent

2014-2015 — 2 percent

Graduation rates 9-12 — district outperforms region and state

District

2012-2013 — 89 percent

2013-2014 — 91 percent

2014-2015 — 91 percent

State

2012-2013 — 88 percent

2013-2014 — 88 percent

2014-2015 — 89percent

Region

2012-2013 — 87 percent

2013-2014 — 87 percent

2014-2015 — 88 percent