The Lindale Independent School District has won an appeal with the Texas Education Agency for 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results. All campuses and the district have met the federal accountability standard.
Preliminary results indicated Velma Penny Elementary School was the only LISD campus to not meet AYP. LISD requested TEA reconsider the mathematics performance indicator for Velma Penny due to the reconfiguration of grades served by the campus during the 2011-2012 school year. Prior to 2011, Velma Penny served students in grades 3-4. In August 2011, the campus began serving students in grades 1-3.
LISD requested that TEA consider the reconfigured school a new campus after receiving guidance from the state agency. In a notification letter to LISD, Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams wrote, "After careful agency review, the miscommunication with TEA staff may have had an impact on the district decisions. For this reason, the mathematics performance indicator appeal has been granted."
AYP is the federally mandated accountability system required by the No Child Left Behind Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. All public school districts, campuses and the state are evaluated for AYP.
"I am very proud that our appeal was granted," said Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt. "Velma Penny Elementary now has a rating that properly represents the wonderful success of the campus. Every campus and the district met AYP and we are very proud to meet that level of achievement."
"We hope there will be changes to both the state and federal accountability system," Surratt said. "Our new commissioner has indicated that our state system will become fairer and hopefully the federal AYP system will be changed as well. AYP was once beneficial but that is not the case anymore. The AYP rating system has become an unrealistic and broken system. It needs drastic change."
In the spring of 2012, AYP primarily focused on the performance of students in grades 3-8 on the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) test and students in grade 10 on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). Both tests assessed the performance of students in math and reading/English Language Arts. For a campus or district to meet AYP, passing percentages must be met by students in each sub-population: All Students, African-American, Hispanic, White, Economically Disadvantaged, Special Education and Limited English Proficient.
The federal standards were raised in 2012, requiring a higher percentage of students pass state assessment tests in math and reading/English-language arts. In 2011, 75 percent of students in grades three-eight and 10 were required to pass math for a campus or district to meet AYP. In 2012, the percentage was raised to 83 in math. In 2011, 80 percent of students were required to pass reading/ELA to meet AYP. The percentage was raised to 87 in 2012.
Ninety-three percent of Lindale ISD students met the AYP standard in 2012 and 96 percent met the standard for reading/ELA.
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