Goliad High School, Goliad Middle School, Goliad Intermediate School, and Goliad Elementary School all failed to meet federal accountability standards in reading and mathematics.
The TEA released its annual report card on Aug. 8. Over 4,000 schools in the state received failing AYP grades. Only 28 percent of the state’s school districts met the AYP requirements.
To meet AYP criteria, 87 percent of students must pass the state’s reading arts test and 83 percent must pass the state mathematics test. Schools must also have a 75-percent graduation rate and 90-percent attendance rate. Writing, science and social studies performances are not evaluated.
“This the federal accountability program, not the state accountability program,” Goliad ISD Superintendent Christy Paulsgrove said.
“This has to do with Title 1 and special-ed students. We’re always concerned when we don’t pass a rating. But we’re kind of comparing apples to oranges. We’re looking at the new STARR test that’s supposed to be testing a total different concept of things from what we were testing in TAKS.”
Many states have opted to not participate in the AYP program and school districts in Texas have signed resolutions against the test.
Districts are required to submit a plan specifying how they will correct their failing scores, and they also must send a letter to each parent telling them the district’s AYP score and what it plans to do about it.
“We did meet the graduation rate and we did meet the student participation testing rate, which means we are testing our special-ed kids,” Paulsgrove said. “Some districts used ither ways not to test those kids.”
Paulsgrove said Goliad ISD’s rating for reading was 87 percent - 82 percent for Hispanics, 93 percent whites, 82 percent for economically disadvantaged, and 62 percent for special education.
The Goliad ISD rating for mathematics was 80 percent - 69 percent for Hispanics, 91 percent for whites, 71 percent for economically disadvantaged, and 51 percent for special education.
“We raised special ed kids to take the tests, because TAKS holds it against you if you don’t have them take higher-level tests,” Paulsgrove said. “We try to test them at grade level if we can.”