Denton schools release own ratings

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Denton public schools have released their own ratings for the district and its individual schools, and marks were mostly favorable.

Of the district’s more than 30 schools, 20 were rated “exemplary” and 14 were rated “recognized.” Joe Dale Sparks School, the district’s school for students in juvenile detention, was rated “acceptable.” The district gave itself an “exemplary” rating.

The ratings were released Aug. 8 in conjunction with state accountability ratings. According to the Texas Education Agency, the local-assigned ratings are separate from state accountability ratings.

House Bill 5 from the last state legislative session mandated that each school district and its schools evaluate performance on community and student engagement. Districts were to post the local ratings on their district websites starting Aug. 8, according to the TEA.

Committees made up of administrators, teachers, parents and community leaders evaluated district instructional programs in eight areas — fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and parent involvement, 21st century workforce development, second language acquisition, digital learning environment integration, dropout prevention strategy implementation and gifted and talented programs, according to district officials. Also evaluated was whether the district and its schools’ efforts complied with state policies and legal requirements and community and parent involvement.

Superintendent Jamie Wilson said the local ratings are “not a traditional survey of attitudes and beliefs.” He said the ratings are an assessment of student and community engagement in the eight areas evaluated.

David Hicks, Denton’s executive director for secondary academic programs, said the ratings go beyond a state accountability rating or a test score and give a comprehensive view of the district and what’s going on in its schools. Each individual campus rating includes questions asked to those on rating committees, the committees’ collective responses and a narrative about the school.

Data collected from the surveys are being used to set district goals, Hicks said.

“We didn’t just want to put out [ratings]. … We wanted to have context behind it that tells the story,” Hicks said. “It’s an incredibly valuable tool to both reflect on the values of our community and how we’re meeting the needs of our students, as well as the opportunity to set goals to increase our engagement with parents and students.”

To view Denton’s community and student engagement data and ratings, visit http://bit.ly/1pCl3q4 .

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.

How they fared

The following shows how each campus rated in the Denton school district’s student/community engagement survey:

School

Rating

Denton High School

Recognized

Guyer High School

Exemplary

Ryan High School

Exemplary

Fred Moore High School

Recognized

Joe Dale Sparks School

Acceptable

Calhoun Middle School

Exemplary

Crownover Middle School

Exemplary

Harpool Middle School

Exemplary

McMath Middle School

Exemplary

Myers Middle School

Exemplary

Navo Middle School

Recognized

Strickland Middle School

Exemplary

Rivera Elementary School

Recognized

Blanton Elementary School

Exemplary

Borman Elementary School

Exemplary

Cross Oaks Elementary School

Exemplary

Evers Park Elementary School

Recognized

Ginnings Elementary School

Exemplary

Hawk Elementary School

Exemplary

Hodge Elementary School

Exemplary

Houston Elementary School

Exemplary

Lee Elementary School

Recognized

McNair Elementary School

Exemplary

Nelson Elementary School

Exemplary

Paloma Creek Elementary School

Recognized

Pecan Creek Elementary School

Exemplary

Providence Elementary School

Recognized

E.P. Rayzor Elementary School

Recognized

Newton Rayzor Elementary School

Recognized

W.S. Ryan Elementary School

Recognized

Savannah Elementary School

Recognized

Stephens Elementary School

Exemplary

Wilson Elementary School

Exemplary

Gonzalez School for Young Children

Recognized

Windle School for Young Children

Recognized

Denton ISD

Exemplary


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