See how Keller, Northwest ISDs scored in TEA accountability ratings

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No schools in Northwest ISD received a grade below C, while two schools in Keller ISD earned D’s in the Texas Education Agency’s A-F accountability ratings for the 2018-19 school year, released Aug. 15.

TEA lists 41 schools in Keller ISD. Schools in the district receiving a D include North Riverside Elementary and Parkview Elementary schools.

Fourteen KISD schools earned an A rating, 18 earned a B rating and seven earned a C rating.

Overall, the district scored 89 out of 100 points, a B grade overall. In the three areas the TEA uses to measure a district, KISD earned 92 points, or an A grade, for student achievement; 88 points, or a B grade, for school progress; and 89 points, or a “B” grade, for Closing the Gap.

The district’s B grade is just a point below its rating of 90 points during the 2017-18 school year, which earned it an A rating.

“In Keller ISD, our students improved from an earned score of 90 on the state’s accountability rating last year to an earned score of 93 this year. However, due to TEA’s interpretation of the statute that caps our letter grade at a B, and the resulting alteration of our final data, TEA is reporting that we scored an 89. That score is not reflective of the results of our students,” the district said in a prepared statement. “We are proud of our overall growth as a district and will continue to utilize standardized test data as just one among many measures to assess student success. In Keller ISD, we believe there is far more involved in measuring a quality education than a once-a-year standardized test score,” he added.

TEA lists 30 schools in Northwest ISD, but two schools did not receive ratings. Schools in NISD earning a C grade include Clara Love Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Sendera Ranch Elementary, Seven Hills Elementary and Sonny & Allegra Nance Elementary schools.

A dozen NISD schools earned an A rating and 11 earned a B rating.

Overall, NISD scored 92 out of 100 points, an overall A grade. It earned 90 points, or an A grade, for student achievement; 85 points, or a B grade, for school progress; and 97 points, or an “A” grade for Closing the Gap.

The 2018-19 rating was just one point over the score of 91 the district earned for the 2017-18 school year.

“I am pleased NISD received an A rating; however, in our school district, we use so much more to measure excellence,” Superintendent Ryder Warren said. “The state rating system is a small element of what we use to measure the work in our classrooms. Our grade and the success of other measures is a direct reflection of the hard work of our students and educators, and we will continue to strive for academic excellence for every child.”

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Korri Kezar
Korri Kezar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a degree in journalism. She worked for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto edition for two years before moving to Dallas. Five years later, she returned to the company to launch Community Impact Newspaper's Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth edition, where she covers local government, development, transportation and a variety of other topics. She has also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, Austin-American Statesman and Dallas Business Journal.
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