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SISD Earns "Exceeds Expectations" on Community-Based Accountability Report

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Superintendent Doug Williams and the Board of Trustees have announced that SISD has earned an “Exceeds Expectations” rating on its Community-Based Accountability System Report for the 2017-2018 school year.

“We believe that the Community-Based Accountability Report is a reflection of the beliefs and aspirations of our community,” Williams said. “It helps us meet our goal that all our students are future-ready.”

SISD’s 2018 CBAS report indicates growth in several domains of the report between the 2017 and 2018 school years:

Future Readiness: 
A high number of SHS students attempt and complete dual-credit courses. Our SHS students continue to have a high average on the SAT and ACT.

21st Century Skills:

A large number of SHS students are enrolled in CTE courses; about half of those students earn an industry certification. Also, district-wide, 90% of the time that SISD students are engaged in either STEM classes or lab activities, they are fully engaged.

Instructional Practices
A majority of SISD teachers practice inquiry-driven instruction,  a skill developed from practicing Engaged Learning Unit instruction, as measured by classroom observations.

Culture and Climate
SES had five informational nights while SMS and SHS had three informational nights. The 2018 seniors class earned an average of 85 community service hours.

Fine Arts and Extra/Co-Curricular

SISD continues to excel in all areas of UIL academics, fine art, and athletics.

MAP Testing

On average, SISD students are meeting or exceeding the growth projected. SISD continues to look at specific grade levels, classes and specific content at each of the three MAP administrations to monitor student trends and growth.

SISD received an overall rating of A.

  • Each campus received Met Standard
  • This “rating” or “grade” of an A, as released by the Texas Education Agency as part of the new A-F Accountability System is only one factor of many in the overall Sunnyvale Community-Based Accountability System. The CBAS rating is based on 99 indicators, including those domains mentioned above.


Areas for Improvement
The report also found a few areas in which SISD can improve:

  • Explore new possibilities for the high school project, which culminates during the senior year.
  • Continue to monitor growth for all students, with close attention to the needs of economically disadvantaged students.
  • Examine the transition into Sunnyvale for all new students, and increase inclusivity for all.
  • Track and measure parent involvement in a more focused way.

The mission of the Sunnyvale Independent School District is to

“engage, equip and empower all leaders for life-long success.”

To that end, SISD and its leadership believe in evaluating students holistically, using multiple indicators that are representative of our students’ true success. These indicators are more indicative of the expectations of our community, rather than a one-day test score.

“It was important for SISD to find a system of assessment by which the district could be strictly measured that took into consideration all the many facets of our students,” Director of Accountability and Assessment Amy Tutle said. “We wanted to see them achieving beyond a once-a-year test score.”

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I find the CBAS Rating: Please visit this link for the complete report:

What is the CBAS Report: The Community-Based Accountability System Report is the evaluation tool for Sunnyvale ISD. It was created with the intention of accurately reporting to the community what Sunnyvale students are achieving regularly - from academic progress and future-readiness, to their extracurricular endeavors and even parental and community involvement.

Does it take into consideration STAAR scores? Absolutely. However, it measures much more – from SAT and ACT scores to fine arts participation and extracurricular involvement to development of 21st-century skills and workforce development.

Who created the CBAS Report? It was developed by a team of dedicated administrators, teachers, parents and community members.

How is the CBAS rating used? The data gained from the CBAS rating is used to help SISD grow and improve. District administrators utilize these scores to help create district and campus goals and priorities.