By Kyle DeBeer, Belton Independent School District
The Texas Education Agency released the 2015 accountability ratings last week. Belton ISD and all of its campuses received the agency’s highest rating, “met standard.”
This is the third year for the accountability system, which rates schools as “met standard,” “met alternative standard,” “improvement required,” or “not rated.” It is also the third year that Belton ISD and all of its campuses have received the highest rating.
Dr. Susan Kincannon, superintendent, said, “I’m pleased that our district and all of our schools have once again received that state’s highest accountability rating. This is one measure of Belton ISD’s success preparing students to excel in tomorrow’s world.
“This is, however, only one measure of our students’ success. It captures how they performed on one test, on one day. There are many other dimensions of success.
“As a district, we have adopted a more holistic definition of success. We include standardized test results in that definition but also what students achieve in their daily work, dual credit courses, Academic UIL competitions, our career and technical program, our athletics program, our fine arts program, and in service to our community.
“This summer a group of our construction trades students placed fourth in the TeamWorks competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference. Those same students have been volunteering their time and talents to help build a house for a homeless veteran. That is proof that they have the foundation necessary for success after high school. It’s also not reflected in the state’s ratings in anyway.”
In addition to the overall ratings, the district’s campuses received a total of 28 distinctions in seven different areas. Those areas are academic achievement in reading/English language arts, achievement in mathematics, achievement in science, achievement in social studies, student progress, closing performance gaps, and post-secondary readiness.
A summary of Belton ISD’s ratings with links to the reports for the district and each campus can be found on the agency’s website.