Update: This post was updated on Aug. 15 at 12:46 p.m. to reflect a new comment issued by the district.
Dripping Springs ISD has received an A rating from the Texas Education Agency in its annual assessment of schools, released Aug. 15. TEA used a lettered grading system with A-F scoring. Numerically, DSISD received a score of 91 compared to last year’s 92.
“In Dripping Springs ISD, we measure success in many ways as we develop life-long learners and positive contributors to the world,” said DSISD Superintendent Bruce Gearing, who will depart the district to serve at Leander ISD for the upcoming school year, in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. “While we don’t focus our instruction on the state assessments on which these ratings are based, our students generally perform well. Our greater focus is presenting students with authentic learning experiences that develop skills they will use the rest of their lives.”
Schools in the district were also given individual ratings.
The following DSISD schools were giving “A” grades:
- Dripping Springs High, with an overall score of 91
- Sycamore Springs Middle, with an overall score of 90
All other DSISD schools received a B, and were scored as follows:
- Dripping Springs Elementary (85)
- Dripping Springs Middle (87)
- Rooster Springs Elementary (88)
- Sycamore Springs Elementary (86)
- Walnut Springs Elementary (83)
The TEA report also includes a breakdown of scores in specific areas. DSISD earned an A for student achievement and a B for school progress. In the “closing the gaps” category, a rating that compares performance among the various demographics at a school, including race/ethnicity, economically disadvantage and english language learners, DSISD earned a B.