SISD Recognizes Board of Trustees
January is School Board Recognition Month in the State of Texas. SISD wishes to thank the seven community members who voluntarily help govern its schools.
The trustees serving SISD are: Back (left to right): Michael Threet, Dr. Joe Quinn, DVM, Ryan Finch, Board President Brad Cravens, Superintendent Doug Williams
Front (left to right): Kimberly Ingram, Board Secretary Janet Clements, Board Vice President, Linda Gooch.
Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Education Commissioner Mike Morath, Members of the 85th Texas Legislature and Members of the Texas State Board of Education.
From the SISD Counselors
SISD Letter to Community Regarding State Accountability
Dear SISD Community,
House Bill (2804), as passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015, requires changes to the state accountability system. The bill requires that schools be assigned A–F rating labels to describe district and campus performance. Districts and campuses will receive a rating of A, B, C, D, or F in each of five domains, as well as an overall rating. The changes will officially take effect in 2018. However, a preliminary progress report of the first four domains will be released in January of 2017. Based upon a letter from the Commissioner of Education dated December 16, 2016, the system is still in development, and districts will receive the final rules about the system in the spring of 2018. The first three domains of the system (55% of the overall score) focus on student performance on the STAAR/EOC exams. The system domains, as currently proposed, are described below:
Domain I: Student Performance (combined with Domain II for 35% of overall rating)
The purpose of this domain is to measure the percentage of all students that receive a satisfactory score on their STAAR/EOC exam. Higher points are earned for students that achieve post-secondary ready and/or advanced level scores.
Domain II: Student Progress (combined with Domain I for 35% of overall rating)
The goal of Domain II is to reflect the percentage of students meeting expected progress
from one year to the following. Additional points are recorded for students exceeding projected progress.
Domain III: Closing Performance Gaps (20% of overall rating)
Domain III focuses on the performance of students categorized as economically disadvantaged. The proposed system has recommended cut scores that vary depending upon the district percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Districts with lower percentages of economically disadvantaged students, such as SISD, are expected to achieve higher scores in order to receive a passing grade.
Domain IV: Postsecondary Readiness (35% of overall rating)
The intent of this domain is to measure student preparedness for college, industry, and/or military settings. However, preliminary reports indicate that elementary and middle school measures will focus on percentage of days students are present at school and the district/campus dropout rate. The calculations differ based upon the classification of the campus.
Elementary schools will be graded based upon the percentage of students that were present for 90% or more of the school days in 2014-2015, also known as the chronic absenteeism rate.
Middle school grades will be based upon the same chronic absenteeism percentage (50%), with the addition of the percentage of students that have not dropped out of school (50%).
Graduation rate (10%)
14-15 graduates that have accomplished at least one of the following: completed sequence of CTE courses, completed 12 or more college hours, completed one or more AP/IB courses, and/or met TSI benchmark scores (20%)
Types of graduation plans (5%)
Domain V: Community and Student Engagement (10% of overall rating)
In SISD, we put students first, seek to meet individual needs, and strive to prepare students for their future. We believe that true accountability should be defined locally through a holistic approach, rather than a set of complex calculations that are in the midst of development. We are hopeful that the legislature will make revisions to the proposed system in the upcoming session, as a majority of this system remains focused on snapshots of student performance on the STAAR/EOC exams. Our school board recently approved a resolution related to this legislative priority. More information may be found atwww.texasstudentsmatter.com. We will keep you updated as we learn more about this new accountability system.
Thank you for sharing your students with us,
SUNNYVALE RAIDERS YOUTH BASEBALL
SPRING 2017 SEASON
Happy New Year! As the new year starts we are excited to start planning SRYSA’s spring 2017 baseball season. As we continue building a strong baseball foundation for the youth of Sunnyvale, these young Raiders will focus on fundamental skill development and teamwork concepts that they can utilize at all levels of organized baseball. Come be part of the next Raider Baseball generation!!!
Registration is open now through January 31st 2017 at www.SRYSA.org
SISD Recognized by
SISD is one of 12 school districts who are basking in the glow of positive press with the release of Texas School Business magazine’s Tenth Annual Bragging Rights 2016-2017 special issue. Bragging Rights, which calls for nominations and is published every December, recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives of students, schools and communities.
To read the 10th Annual Bragging Rights issue online, visit www.texasschoolbusiness.com.
Are you a Sunnyvale resident age 65 or better? SISD invites you to become a part of the SISD Gold Club.
Join the Gold Club to receive complimentary admission to all SISD extra-curricular events including games and performances. Membership also includes monthly lunch or breakfast meetings, hosted by SISD Superintendent Doug Williams and other administrators.