LISD schools earn highest accountability marks

7 local schools receive distinctions

Staff Reports

Leander ISD schools continues to shine, earning 39 state distinctions with all eligible schools earning the state’s highest accountability standard, according to a release from the Texas Education Agency.

TEA announced the results from the 2016-17 state accountability system on Aug. 15 and all 39 eligible LISD schools earned the state’s Met Standard rating.

“We are proud of our students, teachers and families for all student success,” said Dan Troxell, superintendent of schools. “State accountability is a necessary component of our education system, but our focus as educators in Leander ISD will continue to be success for the whole child. We have room to keep growing, and I look forward to working with our talented team to improve for kids.”

State accountability measures schools are based on performance on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), End-of-Course Exams, and graduation rates across four indices – student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

Schools can earn distinctions for performance as compared to a group of 40 similar schools across the state based on demographics. Elementary schools can receive a maximum of six distinctions, while middle and high schools can earn seven.

The following elementary schools received distinctions:
• Block House Creek for closing the achievement gap;
• Steiner Ranch for reading/ELA, science, and closing the achievement gap;
• Naumann for reading/ELA and student progress;
• Cox for closing the achievement gap;
• Deer Creek for science;
• Rutledge for post-secondary readiness and closing the achievement gap;
River Place for reading/ELA;
Grandview Hills for science; and
River Ridge for post-secondary readiness, reading/ELA, science, student progress and closing the achievement gap.

The following middle and high schools earned distinctions:

• Leander Middle for student progress;
• Henry Middle for science;
Canyon Ridge Middle for science and closing the achievement gap;
• Wiley Middle for student progress;
Four Points middle for reading/ELA, science, social studies and student progress;
 Leander High for post-secondary readiness, math and science;
• Cedar Park High for post-secondary readiness, math, science and closing the achievement gap;
• Vista Ridge High for Science; and
Vandegrift High for post-secondary readiness, reading/ELA, math, science, and social studies.