The Texas Education Agency announced recently, that more than 400 schools statewide achieved a Met Standard rating in the 2016 state accountability reports and also earned all distinction designations applicable to their individual school. The PSJA ISD Board of Trustees congratulated five of its campuses on Oct. 24 for being part of this select group: Austin Middle School, Sorensen Elementary, Escobar Elementary, Livas Elementary and Dr. Long Elementary.
Five other schools were also recognized during the school board meeting for receiving five out of the six eligible distinctions at the elementary level: Garza Elementary, Chavez Elementary, Garcia Elementary and McKeever Elementary. At the early college high school level, PSJA Early College High School received the greatest number of distinction designations: 5 out of 7.
Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics. Depending on campus grade levels and type, the number of potential distinction designations can vary. Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for:
• Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading;
• Academic Achievement in Mathematics;
• Academic Achievement in Science;
• Academic Achievement in Social Studies;
• Top 25 Percent: Student Progress;
• Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and
• Postsecondary Readiness.