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Lancaster ISD Campuses Met Standard & Earn 30 Academic Distinctions from the Texas Education Agency

Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – The Lancaster Independent School District recently received its 2018 STAAR scores from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Based on the results, the school district and all campuses received the state’s accountability rating of “Met Standard.”

 

“It is exciting to share that our schools continue to perform at high levels,” Superintendent Elijah Granger said. “Our progress is undeniable, and in fact, we just missed the Texas Education Agency rating our district as a “B” by 1 percentage point.

 

The 2018 accountability scores were calculated from tests students took in December, March and May of the 2017-2018 school year. The district received 30 TEA Academic Distinctions—more than any school district or charter school in the Best Southwest area. Every Lancaster ISD school received an academic distinction with seven of the nine rated campuses receiving two or more distinctions. Two of the campuses received six distinctions which indicates that the campuses are among the top comparable schools in closing achievement gaps, college readiness and advanced performance. This is the fifth year in a row that the district’s campuses have all met standard.

 

When TEA released the ratings at the top of this school year, many people started comparing school district across the state.

 

“While it is notable to be aware of how those around us are performing, we remain focused on our students whom we serve and on providing the best possible educational opportunities,” Superintendent Granger said.

 

Elsie Robertson Lancaster Middle School received six distinctions and remains one of the highest performing middle school campuses in the Best Southwest. Principal Willisa House was excited when she saw the results.

 

“Without a doubt, LMS has a hard-working, dedicated staff, and it’s beautiful to see our hard work pay off,” she said. “I always say, ‘It can and will be done!’ With the right staff, who are passionate about the students we serve, we can and will accomplish great things.”

 

Although House is proud of the number of distinctions that her campus received, they fell just one shy of a total sweep.

 

“Much more is on the horizon for LMS,” she said. “Not only do we want to keep the momentum going, but we want to aim for that ‘Magnificent 7.’  In doing so, we will collaborate with parents, community, and the secondary campuses in Lancaster ISD.”

 

Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary principal Yvonne Thornton is starting her first year as the campus’ leader and said that she was excited to have the opportunity to lead a campus that received six academic distinctions.

 

“There’s a level of excitement I felt and continue to feel walking into leadership on a campus having received distinctions in all six areas of accountability,” she said. “I also feel that I have a daunting task set before me by my predecessor, Dr. Marlon Waites (the former principal of Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary who now leads West Main Elementary in the district).”

 

But having received distinctions in every area does not mean that the campus is going to rest.

 

“Rosa Parks has work to do. It’s one thing to reach a certain level of distinction and be able to celebrate that success.  It’s a totally different thing to maintain and exceed that level,” Thornton said. “We have to dig deeper into our student data and push for greater at all levels. We will continue to provide good instruction along with opportunities for critical thinking and problem-solving.”

 

Thornton said that she is optimistic about the possibilities.

 

“With this level of success, Rosa Parks also has a great opportunity to extend its base for parental engagement and academic support,” she said.

 

Gail Wright, who served as the Assistant Principal at West Main Elementary last year, now leads the campus as principal. She said that she was initially concerned about how the campus would perform academically.

 

“Being awarded five distinctions lets me know that we are on the right track,” she said. “We fell short in a couple of areas which cost us that sixth distinction. However, we have put the right people in the right places and streamlined some processes, so I am confident we will receive all six distinctions next year.”

 

Wright said that the year is already off to a great start.

 

“We are being very intentional when it comes to teaching a balanced curriculum and we plan to take advantage of every learning opportunity to ensure that we reach our goal for the 2018-2019 school year,” she said.

 

With the excitement of the recently-released distinctions, Lancaster ISD has much to look forward to as staff and students begin this school year. This year, the district’s theme is, “Expect the Best…Expect Success” and Superintendent Granger said that he wants the staff to approach their work with the expectation of success.

 

“In expecting the best, we will work with intention—with purpose—and make every action count,” he said. “We will focus on doing the right things, moment to moment and day to day. We will know what we are doing and why we are doing it.”

 

Lancaster ISD Campus Distinctions

 

Belt Line Elementary

Academic Achievement in Science

Comparative Closing Performance Gaps

Postsecondary Readiness

 

Houston Elementary

Academic Achievement in Math

 

Pleasant Run Elementary

Academic Achievement in Reading

 

Rolling Hills Elementary

Academic Achievement in Mathematics

Comparative Closing Performance Gaps

Comparative Academic Growth

Postsecondary Readiness

 

Rosa Parks/Millbrook Elementary

Academic Achievement in Mathematics

Academic Achievement in Reading

Academic Achievement in Science

Comparative Closing Performance Gaps

Comparative Academic Growth

Postsecondary Readiness

 

West Main Elementary

Academic Achievement in Mathematics

Academic Achievement in Reading

Comparative Closing Performance Gaps

Comparative Academic Growth

Postsecondary Readiness

 

George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center

Comparative Closing Performance Gaps

Postsecondary Readiness

 

Elsie Robertson Lancaster Middle School

Academic Achievement in Mathematics

Academic Achievement in Reading

Academic Achievement in Social Studies

Comparative Closing Performance Gaps

Comparative Academic Growth

Postsecondary Readiness

 

Lancaster High School

Academic Achievement in Science

Academic Achievement in Social Studies