PRESS RELEASE


December 17, 2015

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

TISD Board of Trustees December Regular Session Include Discussions on School Ratings, School Calendar, Highly Qualified Teachers and Attendance Zone for New Elementary; AP Scholars Recognized

Texarkana, TX – The Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees reviewed a full agenda during their Tuesday, December 15, 2015 regular session.

Opening ceremonies included the recognition of the 2014-15 College Board Advanced Placement Scholars. Thirty students were cited as AP Scholars, six were named AP Scholars with Honor, eleven earned AP Scholars with Distinction and two were named National AP Scholars. There was a 63% increase this year over last year in the number of College Board AP Scholars.

A Public Hearing was conducted concerning the Texas Academic Performance Report (formerly the Academic Excellence Indicator Report) received from the Texas Education Agency. All school districts are required to hold a public hearing to detail previous school year accountability ratings.

Student performance results for 2014-15 shows all campuses, except Westlawn Elementary, receiving Met Standard results. Westlawn Elementary received a Did Not Meet Standard. Dunbar Early Education Center and Theron Jones Early Literacy Center are non-tested campuses.

Additionally, TISD schools received 21 Campus Distinction Designations from the Texas Education Association for high performance in Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Student Progress, Closing the Performance Gap and Post-Secondary Readiness. The report can be found online at www.txkisd.net.

Trustees approved the 2016-17 school calendar. The first day of school will be August 22, 2016 with the last day of school slated for May 26, 2017. Texas High School Graduation ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Following a review of the calendar with other school districts, the 2016-17 school calendar will be placed on the TISD website for public viewing.

TISD Human Resources presented their public report on progress towards highly qualified teachers for 2015-16. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires public schools to have a target of 100% of teachers in core subject areas meet the federal teacher definition of “highly qualified.”

According to NCLB, a highly qualified teacher is one who: has obtained a Bachelor’s degree; has demonstrated competency in the subject area assigned to teach; has obtained full State certification as a teacher or has passed the State teacher licensing examination; and has not had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary or provisional basis.
It is the intent and goal of TISD to employ highly qualified teachers and staff to provide the best education possible for our students. For 2015-16, TISD has 99.1% of the teachers meeting the definition of highly qualified.

Final presentation of the evening was discussion on the New Elementary School attendance zone and rezoning process. One of the current options being reviewed is to include all areas of the TISD school zone that is north of I-30. Two community meetings regarding the subject will be held on January 21 and January 28, 2016 in order to gain community input. The TISD Board of Trustees is anticipated to approve the final zoned area during their February or March regular session. Applications for school enrollment will begin being accepted in late-March.

The new campus, slated for an August 2016 opening, will be located on 15 acres off Gibson Lane near the southwest corner of the Encore Waggoner Creek Apartment Homes.

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