A-F rating system, local control among top legislative priorities approved for LISD in advance of 86th legislative session

On Monday night, the Lewisville ISD board of trustees approved the district's 86th legislative priorities, which includes four main categories: accountability, finance, local control and educational equity.

The 86th legislative session begins Jan. 8, 2019.

Back in August, LISD Superintendent Kevin Rogers sent a note to parents Aug. 14 calling the accountability ratings “a misguided attempt to label our schools based almost solely on flawed standardized testing.” The district scored a B overall.

Under the accountability category, the district wants legislators to make several changes to the system. The document states:

"We advocate for an accountability system that is focused on multiple measures. Standardized tests do not serve as an adequate predictor of the overall value of an education provided to students.

"Multiple measures beyond standardized tests, such as TELPAS and STAAR, must be included in A-F ratings. For schools serving students in grades 3-8, the entire rating is based on standardized assessments."

As the district is facing its first recapture payment, it is also asking legislators to take a look at the public school finance system.

For more on the district's priorities, click here.

By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.