September 18, 2012

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

TISD Board of Trustees Review Policy Changes - Hear Update on Student Community Development Programs

Texarkana, TX – During their Tuesday, September 18, 2012 regular session, the Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved changes to two policies and was updated on business and volunteer involvement for the previous school year.

Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has recommended that Policy EIAB (Local), created in 2002, be rescinded and moved to administrative regulations for the school district in order for makeup work to be documented within the grading guidelines. According to the policy, “students will make up assignments and performance assessments after absences, including absences as a result of suspension. Students will have one day plus the number of days absent to make up work following the students’ return to school. Students will receive a zero for any assignment or test not made up within the allotted time period.” Parents/guardians can find this information under District Academic Information and Requirements in the Student Handbook available online at

Approved Policy EIE (Local) brings change to the promotion requirements for all Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th grade students. Originally, the policy was implemented as part of TISD’s locally-developed Tier System in order to determine which students would continue instruction in Tier II. For 2012-13, TISD has deleted the testing requirements and instead are incorporating those tests throughout the grading period versus one test at the end of the year.

“The focus on effective use of unit assessments, performance indicators and formative assessments will be reflected in report card grades,” commented Lori Ables, Director of Curriculum & Instruction. “By eliminating the promotion requirement based on a single assessment to determine promotion, the district now moves to a more comprehensive assessment system that is integrated in the report card averages.”

In other business, Jo Ann Rice, Assistant Superintendent for Student & Community Development, reported that during the 2011-12 school year a total of 166 area business partnered with TISD through the Partners In Education (PIE) Program. Collectively, PIE members donated volunteer services, monetary and in-kind contributions totally $1,258,797 (up 52%). Within the TISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Program, 738 persons volunteered during the year contributing an estimated 40,624 hours of volunteer efforts on TISD campuses, an increase of 43% over the previous year.

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