Katy ISD administrator reflects on 2019 TEA ratings: ‘It comes down to our staff in place’

The day after Katy ISD students returned for the 2019-20 school year, the Texas Education Agency released the 2018-19 accountability ratings, and KISD learned it had improved its score by two points to receive a 92, or an A rating.

According to a press release, out of the 10 largest school districts in Texas, KISD was the only one to receive an overall A rating from the TEA.

“There are complex calculations that lead to the final overall 92 score,” said Allison Matney, the executive director of research, assessment and accountability. “But ultimately, it comes down to our staff in place, who place a great deal of focus and importance on student achievement.”

Overall grades are calculated based on performance in three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps, according to the TEA. Each campus is also given an overall score based on the performance of the three domains.

KISD received an 89 in student achievement, or a B, which is a decrease from last year’s score of 91. Matney said the district received this score because one campus—Bear Creek Elementary School—received a D rating in this domain.

“TEA rules prohibit a district from receiving higher than an 89 in a domain where a campus has a D or F,” Matney said. “Therefore, Katy ISD is rated an 89. If this was not the case, the true number would be a 91 again for 2018-19.”

Meanwhile, the district was able to increase its School Progress domain score year over year from 89 to 91. Matney said KISD has campus support programs to help schools improve student growth.

KISD’s biggest gain was in the Closing the Gaps domain, which increased year over year from 89 to 95. Matney said last year’s score was given because Raines High School had received an rating in this domain that prevented the district from earning a score higher than 89.

Campus-level view


In total, KISD had 17 campuses that received all A’s across the three domains, and only two schools—Nottingham Country and Bear Creek elementary schools—received a D rating in one or more domains.

For schools that need improvement, the district works to help them better their student outcomes, Matney said.

“Katy ISD has a structure in place with a triangle of support for these campuses—from the assistant superintendents, curriculum and instruction staff, and the accountability and school improvement staff,” she said. “These teams actively work with campus leadership on effective strategies for school improvement.”

Matney said the district saw great improvements in four campuses in particular:

  • Wolfe Elementary School, which increased its overall score from 64 to 72;

  • Bryant Elementary School, which increased its overall score from 87 to 94;

  • Stockdick Junior High School, which increased its overall score from 74 to 80; and

  • Paetow High School School, which increased its overall score from 83 to 89.


To maintain and improve its overall 92 score, KISD plans to implement a local accountability system this school year, Mattney said.

“This is a specific result from our strategic design process and will provide an even more comprehensive data analysis on the items that our community values,” she said.

She added: “Katy ISD is constantly focused on student growth, and every year the district makes it a priority to improve by growing students academically from one year to the next. Having students improve their learning is crucial to their overall success in Katy ISD and postsecondary endeavors.”
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

Texas Central and Mass. Electric Constructon Co. announced an Early Contract Involvement agreement for construction of the Texas high-speed rail connecting Houston and Dallas. (Courtesy Texas Central)
Texas high-speed rail construction could move forward following agreement between Texas Central, Mass. Electric Construction Co.

Construction on the Texas high-speed rail could continue to gain traction following an Early Contract Involvement agreement between Texas Central and Mass. Electric Contruction Co.

In-N-Out Burger is opening in Katy. (Courtesy In-N-Out Burger)
In-N-Out Burger opening Katy-area restaurant Nov. 22

The California-based brand is also opening a location on Nov. 22 in Stafford.

Katy Mills dining pavilion
‘Financial engine’ Katy Mills turns 20 years old

Tax revenue from the local mall and nearby area has helped build infrastructure in Katy

KTY Recycling Lead 1
As US costs increase, Katy, Fulshear drop glass from recycling programs

Changes in quality requirements from China and the drop in global demand for recyclables means it is costing more to recycle.

Clay 99
Industrial parks planned near Grand Parkway, Clay Road intersection in Katy area

In the first quarter of 2020, construction will finish on one project and start on another.

Texadelphia
Texadelphia to open in Katy area this December

“We are very excited by this location as the Katy area has never had a Texadelphia."

Katy ISD rooted in excellence
Katy ISD begins improvement plans for Bear Creek Elementary, Raines High schools

The two schools require additional support to meet STAAR score and four-year graduation goals.

KISD Police Department
Katy ISD trustees OK $5.6M of athletic facilities improvements, new junior high principal

Several high school sports teams will soon see new turf, fencing and safety netting at their fields.

Holiday to-do list (Designed by Kara Nordstrom/Community Impact Newspaper)
To-do list: 24 Holiday events in the Katy area in November, December 2019

‘Tis the season to celebrate cooler weather, enjoy holiday breaks and spend time with family.

The projects target segments of South Mayde Creek west of Addicks Reservoir. (Courtesy Harris County Flood Control District)
Series of flood-control projects target South Mayde Creek in western Harris County

The projects could lower peak surface water elevation by more than one foot in certain areas during a 100-year rainfall event.

Back to top