The district on March 25 unveiled the 2017-18 results of its community-based accountability report.
The report is a compilation of data compiled from students, staff, survey results, test scores and more to give officials an idea of how the district is doing compared to previous years. Administrative officials have said the report is a more reliable measurement of the district’s performance and students’ success than the Texas Education Agency’s new A-F scoring system, which is based largely on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness scores.
To illustrate that point, Megan Evans, director of assessment and evaluation, said only 68 percent of residents surveyed said STAAR scores were an important characteristic of a quality school district. That is a 6 percent drop compared to the previous year, she said.
“So not only is it not one of our community’s top priorities, it continues to decline as far as ratings,” she said.
Overall, the district said the report’s results are positive. The community gave a majority A rating to 72 percent of the components the report includes, Evans said.
“I think is pretty powerful information. …” she said. “It’s very positive.”
The report revealed teacher retention rates have remained steady at about 88 percent since 2013-14. CCISD was ranked among the top places to work in Houston for the seventh year in a row, Evans said.
CCISD continues to outperform the region, state and nation on AP, SAT, ACT and other forms of testing. Graduation rates are higher than the state average by 7.4 percent, she said.
About 96 percent of CCISD staff said they know how to effectively integrate technology in classrooms, and parents understand the importance, Evans said.
“They agree student learning is enhanced by technology use,” she said.
Trustee Laura DuPont requested the report be easily accessible on the district’s website. Sometimes district information can be hard to find on CCISD’s website, she said.
“I think this is so important. This is what our community wants to see and wants to find out about,” DuPont said.