Trustees review state ratings

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Pearland ISD on Tuesday was set to hear a detailed report on state accountability ratings for the district.

The 2015-16 STAAR end-of-course exams placed Pearland ISD among the top five school districts in the region for Algebra 1, Biology, English 1 and U.S. History, and the district is the 6th highest in the region in English 2.

In the most recently released state ratings, the school district as a whole received the “met standard” rating, and all campuses earned the “met standard” rating as well. Nineteen of the 22 PISD campuses received one or more “distinctions” from state testing results.

Three campuses – Junior High West, Jamison Middle and Magnolia Elementary – earned every distinction for which they were eligible.

Lisa Nixon, director of Testing and Program Evaluation, prepared a report to present to Trustees Tuesday evening at the board’s regular meeting.

At the elementary level, Pearland ISD outperformed the state average in all subjects, with 90 percent of third graders tested meeting standard in math, compared to 76 percent statewide; and 89 percent of Pearland third-graders meeting standard in reading, compared to 74 percent statewide. Third grade is the first year that the STAAR is administered.

Nixon’s report compares PISD’s results also with other districts. For Pearland third-graders 89 percent in reading, Clear Creek ISD shows 85 percent, Fort Bend ISD is 80 percent, Friendswood ISD is 92 percent and Katy ISD is 89 percent.

Campuses earning a distinction in reading were Magnolia, Rustic Oak and Silverlake elementaries, Alexander, Jamison, Rogers and Sablatura middle schools, Berry Miller Junior High, Pearland Junior High South and Pearland Junior High West, and Dawson High.

Campuses earning distinctions in math were Carleston, Challenger, C.J. Harris, Magnolia, Massey Ranch, Rustic Oak, Silvercrest and Silverlake elementaries, Alexander, Jamison and Sablatura, Berry Miller Junior High, Junior High West and Dawson High.

With the exception of Pearland High, all secondary campuses earned distinctions in science. Dawson and Junior High West also earned distinctions in social studies.

Story by Nicole Jones