2011-08-04 / Front Page

Lexington ISD Remains a Recognized District

According to the Texas Education Agency’s recent release of 2011 Preliminary Accountability Ratings, Lexington ISD continued its tradition of excellence and earned a rating of Recognized District.

Lexington ISD continues to maintain high academic standards despite the removal of the Texas Projection Measure that had inflated scores for the past few years, as well as an increase in the rigor of the exams.

“Lexington High School and Lexington Elementary School were rated Recognized, while Lexington Middle School was named Academically Acceptable. As far as campus improvement gains, Lexington Elementary School scores soared in every area,” said Dr. Frances McArthur, Superintendent of Schools.

Overall, Lexington Elementary campus scores were above the exemplary range in all subject areas tested and all subgroups counted. Despite these tremendous gains, the preliminary rating names Lexington Elementary School as Recognized because of an addition to the accountability rating calculation that requires 25% of economically disadvantaged students to perform at the commended rate.

While the percentage of commended students at LES increased dramatically this year in all subject areas scored, (reading, writing, and math) only 20% of economically disadvantaged students received the commended distinction in math at LES.

“ This change in the rating system, as well as the significant increase in commended students, gives us hope that we may be successful in appealing the Recognized rating to be changed to Exemplary,” said Dr. McArthur. “Either way, the gains in student achievement were exceptional and we are very excited about Lexington Elementary students’ exemplary performance on the state assessments.”

“It was this same new indicator,” continued Dr. McArthur, “that caused Lexington Middle School to drop from Recognized to Acceptable. LMS students performed above the recognized level in every subject tested and in every subgroup counted, yet the percentage of economically disadvantaged students performing at the commended level in math was two percentage points below this new requirement.”

The areas where Lexington ISD students showed the greatest improvement were elementary and middle school science, high school language arts and high school completion rates, which jumped from 94 to 97%.

Dr. McArthur noted that despite the high district rating earned, the District needs to remember that TAKS scores are but one measure of the LISD student success story. “While I am very proud of Lexington students and staff for maintaining high ratings during this challenging year, we will continue to focus on developing good citizens with strong character who love learning, and preparing our students for postsecondary success at the college or technical school of their choice and the workforce. We have much to celebrate and at the same time recognize that there are areas that we need to improve. We welcome rigorous standards to help us keep our students on track and look forward to the challenges that the new STAAR testing system brings, because ultimately our exemplary staff is committed to seeing every LISD student achieve their full potential in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the arts.”

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