Message from the Superintendent - August 14, 2018

Message from the Superintendent
Posted on 08/14/2018
Superintendent Letterhead

August 14, 2018


Dear LISD Parents and Guardians,


As you know, our school district has been focused on high expectations for everyone in Lockhart ISD, and in the past year, focusing on the specific target of growing every student, whether they were in need of academic intervention or academic acceleration, by 1.5 years of student growth.  As we shared in previous messages, the school district saw evidence in the data of the success of academic growth in both reading and math at the end of last school year, and for that, we are grateful to both our teachers and our parents for supporting this bold target.


Texas Education Agency implemented a new accountability system this year for school districts that rates each district on an A-F scale over three domains, which weigh heavily on the STAAR test. While we do not believe a single standardized test is truly representative of the depth of learning, nor do we believe in teaching the test--focusing instead on educating the whole child, the district does understand the responsibility of preparing our students to be successful.


In January 2018, TEA released preliminary grades to all school districts of what each would have received if the A-F system were in place last year. Lockhart ISD received a “what if” rating of D last year. This year, the district earned an overall score of 77, earning a C. For the district to have achieved this much growth within a single school year is something of which we can all be proud, as it is rooted in our commitment to high expectations and growing each student by 1.5 years.


Additionally, TEA provides accountability ratings for campuses. Last year, all but two campuses “met standard,” with two campuses receiving “improvement required” ratings. Additionally, none of our campuses earned any distinction designations.


This year, every single LISD campus “met standard,” with zero campuses receiving an “improvement required” overall rating.  Even better, three of our campuses earned distinction designations, meaning they scored in the top quartile with campuses comparable to them across the state.


  • Plum Creek Elementary School earned distinction designations for science and student growth.

  • Strawn Elementary earned a distinction designation for student growth.

  • Lockhart High School earned a distinction designation for college, career, and military readiness.


The improvements made by our campuses and the district overall are strongly rooted in our commitment to high expectations and our target to grow every student 1.5 years each school year. We are not teaching a test; we are preparing our students by educating the whole child, and in doing so, we see the fruits of that in other areas such as growth on standardized assessments.


We are incredibly proud of the commitment of every single LISD staff member who contributed to this significant student growth! Whether inside or outside the classroom, each team member made a commitment to build a legacy of excellence for our students. We are also grateful to the parents who actively support their children’s growth including ensuring regular attendance, providing time and space at home for your child to study, reading to and with your children to develop their love of reading, and being involved with your children’s schools.


We are also grateful to our community supporters, including the Education Foundation for LISD, for their continued support of innovative learning for our Lockhart Lions.


Finally, we are grateful to our Board of Trustees who continue to lead the charge of high expectations of all of us, challenging us in our shared vision of building a legacy of excellence.


Tomorrow, we begin a new school year energized and ready to continue the important work of holding high expectations for students and staff and growing our students by 1.5 years this school year. We know our continued focus to do so will continue to yield evidence of the upward trajectory for student growth in our school district.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Mark.Estrada@lockhart.txed.net.


Regards,


Mark Estrada

Superintendent of Schools

Lockhart ISD

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