Irving ISD earned 41 Distinction Designations awarded by the Texas Education Agency for student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). That number is an increase of four over 2015. In addition, 11 Irving ISD campuses received the postsecondary readiness distinction in 2016 compared to three in 2015. Irving ISD increased by one the number of campuses earning designations in each academic achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Math and Social Studies.
As announced last month, Irving ISD and all 33 campuses that are rated achieved the rating of Met Standard in the 2016 state accountability ratings released in August by the Texas Education Agency. Campuses that are rated Met Standard under regular Accountability Rules are also eligible for Distinction Designations for outstanding performance in the following seven categories:
· Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading
· Academic Achievement in Mathematics
· Academic Achievement in Science
· Academic Achievement in Social Studies
· Top 25 Percent: Student Progress
· Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps
· Postsecondary Readiness
Eighteen Irving ISD campuses earned Distinction Designations. Singley Academy led Irving ISD schools in Distinction Designations earned with six, followed by de Zavala Middle School with five. John Haley and Lee elementary schools each earned four, while Irving High School, Houston Middle School and Davis Elementary School each earned three. Austin Middle School and Brandenburg Elementary School each earned two Distinction Designations, and nine other campuses earned one each.
Thirteen campuses earned Distinction Designation in both 2015 and 2016. They are MacArthur High School, Nimitz High School, Singley Academy, Austin Middle School, de Zavala Middle School, Houston Middle School, Johnson Middle School, Brown Elementary School, Davis Elementary School, Gilbert Elementary School, John Haley Elementary School, Johnston Elementary School and Stipes Elementary School.
Campuses that earned Distinction Designations in 2016 but not in 2015 are Irving High School, Bowie Middle School, Brandenburg Elementary School, Lee Elementary School and Lively Elementary School.
Below is a comparison of accountability ratings and distinction designations earned in 2015 and 2016, divided by school: