• Heard a report on community-student engagement and compliance from Jay Walsworth, assistant superintendent of student services and human resources. He explained that based on House Bill 5, each district must report to TEA a self-evaluation in the area of community and student engagement.
This new measure requires a local committee to establish performance criteria and ratings on programs such as: fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and parental involvement, the 21st Century Workforce Development, second-language acquisition, digital learning environment, dropout prevention strategies and educational programs for gifted and talented students.
Walsworth said this new rating and the FIRST will be reported alongside the district and campus performance ratings.
• Heard from Walsworth, for the district, and each principal on their respective campus improvement plans. As happens frequently, Lamar Elementary was listed last, but Melissa Murphy ended the reports in grand style, energetically announcing “after the recent election, we are making plans for a new campus.”
• Heard from Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Carey Carter on the state’s 2013 performance-based monitoring analysis system report for the district, which she called “one more piece of accountability the state holds districts to.”
While the district scored a numerous zeros and ones on the report, based on the new STAAR test, she highlighted areas, called indicators, where the district scored threes. A zero means the district is near its goal, while a three is further from its goal, she explained to trustees.
She focused on English as a second language, or ESL, math, reading and writing for grades three through sixth, which all had threes. Additionally, special education for the same grade levels, in all subjects resulted in threes.
Carter said she is working with Laura Pieper (for ESL) and Parisa Lerma (for Special Ed) to write a required plan for the district by the end of the week.
• Adopted changes to school board standard operating procedures.
• Reviewed the annual local district policy updates.