Message from Interim Superintendent

Message from Interim Superintendent Kimberly Brents
Posted on 06/26/2018
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June 26, 2018


Dear LISD Parents and Guardians,


Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released this year’s STAAR results. As parents reviewed their children’s individual results, the leadership team at Lockhart ISD reviewed the district-wide results of our #LISDChampions. With the systemic implementation of the 1.5 year growth targets for reading and math for all students, we are pleased to share Lockhart ISD achieved significant gains in student growth in both reading and math this year.


Last year, 50 percent of students in grades 4 - 8  “met” or “exceeded” progress in reading based on the STAAR definition of growing more than one year since their previous STAAR test. This year, the number increased to 58 percent! Last year, 54 percent of students in grades 4-8 “met” or “exceeded” progress in mathematics based on the STAAR definition of more than one year of growth. This year, the number of students increased to 61 percent!


Within those grades, the 5th and 8th grade progress scores of students making more than one year of progress on the STAAR were particularly significant, demonstrating double-digit growth in both reading and math for students across the district. For example, students demonstrating progress in STAAR reading increased from last year’s 53 percent to this year’s 70 percent! Students demonstrating progress in STAAR mathematics increased from last year’s 58 percent to this year’s 74 percent!  

Over the past few years, Lockhart Junior High School doubled the number of students participating in 8th grade algebra, a class usually taken freshman year. Even with this significant increase, the students who took 8th grade Algebra demonstrated outstanding performance on the STAAR Algebra exam with 99 percent of students scoring “meets” and 88 percent of students achieving “masters” on the exam!

In reviewing the district data, there were also areas that reveal opportunities for growth. For example, the high school exam scores remained flat, yielding no increase. Additionally, the scores for writing district-wide were poor. We must do better, and our entire leadership team will be meeting soon to review the data in greater depth and develop what our focuses and strategies will be in 2018-2019.  


What we do know from this year is that with a district-wide specific focus, as we had in reading and math this school year, we experienced measurable and significant results. LISD will apply this same systemic focus to writing from Kinder - 12th grade in the upcoming school year.  


LISD is incredibly proud of all of our #LISDChampions, who achieved amazing growth this year, as well as our dedicated teachers, our #LISDRunners, who “run” for our children every day. Thank you, too, for all of your support as we work together to prepare our Lions to be future-ready!


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Kimberly.Brents@lockhart.txed.net. Also, if you have not yet had a chance to access your child’s individual STAAR scores, click here.



Sincerely,


Kimberly Brents

Interim Superintendent
Lockhart ISD

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