Congratulations to our Weslaco schools for their tremendous success with the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness exams earning the district an overall score of 89 in the STAAR accountability ratings for the 2021-2022 school year.
“Our Weslaco ISD teachers and staff continually foster resilience and provide supportive learning environments for our students despite all the challenges they face,” Deputy Superintendent Abel Aguilar said.
Campuses earning A ratings are: South Palm Gardens High School, CTE Early College High School, Justice Raul A. Gonzalez, Memorial, North Bridge, PFC Mario Ybarra, Dr. R. E. Margo and Airport Drive elementary schools.
These ratings are a reflection of the tremendous performance at the campus level.
“We have more schools that are As than before the pandemic,” Assessment and Accountability Director Elias Treviño said.
“In addition, South Palm Gardens High School not only earned an A, but is the first school at Weslaco ISD to have earned a perfect score of 100 in the overall rating,” he said. “ When you consider the uniqueness of a perfect score and take into consideration the makeup of the population this school serves, you understand how great of an accomplishment this is.”
To receive an A rating, schools must receive a score of 90 percent or higher in the overall rating. Domain I measures academic achievement which is made up of student performance on the exam, whether a student ‘approaches’, ‘meets’ or ‘masters’ the subjects tested. Domain II deals with school progress. This tracks a student’s academic growth and measures whether a student showed growth from one year to the next.
Domain II also tracks relative performance by comparing our campuses to similar campuses in the state to determine how well our campuses are performing with groups such as the economically disadvantaged.
Domain III involves closing the gaps. This domain measures the performance of specific groups such as English learners, students served in special education, and even race and ethnicity.
Our campuses were compared to schools across the State in groups of 40 according to size and demographics; and based on these comparisons, they received a Distinction Designation in either Reading/English Language Arts, Math, Science, Comparative Academic Growth, Postsecondary Readiness or Closing the Performance Gaps. In total, our campuses earned 44 Distinction Designations.
Airport Drive Elementary earned all six of their Distinction Designations.
“I am excited for our staff,” Airport Drive Principal Ida Cuadra said. “It was challenging to work through the pandemic and learning loss. A lot of our students were personally affected by COVID and our first goal was making our students feel comfortable and safe coming back to the classrooms.”
Cuadra credits her students and staff for the successful adjustment. “Our staff worked hard to engage our students through the many stages of COVID, with Zoom meetings, behind shields and masks and limited face to face instruction,” she said. “And our kids are resilient.”
Airport implemented different assessment and diagnostic tools to target learning loss. Also, all elementary schools offered intensive tutoring from October through April.