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December 18, 2018

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

Bid Contracts, Swimming Pool Agreement and Student Academic Performance Report Key Discussions for TISD Board of Trustees December 2018 Regular Session

Texarkana, TX – During their Tuesday, December 18 regular session, Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees reviewed and/or approved the following:

*Approval of Custodial Equipment & Supplies provisions to Abernathy Company, Central Poly-Bag Corp. and Interboro Packaging Corp.;

*Approval of prepared Food & Catering Vendors to Big Jake’s BBQ, Chick-fil-A, CiCi’s Pizza, Dixie Diner, Firehouse Subs, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Jason’s Deli, Pizza Hut, Silver Spoon, Slim Chickens, Subway, TaMolly’s and Texas Roadhouse;

*Approved Screen Printing Vendor to Scoreboard (primary), Express Press (secondary) and Sports Magic (secondary);

*Approval of agreement between TISD and CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System for use of St. Michael’s swimming pool beginning now through July 31, 2019.

In September 2018, the TISD and Texarkana College Board of Trustees approved a 30-year lease agreement for TISD to take over operations of the Texarkana College Aquatic Center, specifically for the TigerSharks Swim Program. Renovations of the Aquatic Center will begin in January 2019. The usage of St. Michael’s swimming pool will serve as an alternate facility for the TigerShark Swim Team practice sessions during the Aquatic Center renovation time frame;

*Review of Student Academic Performance data shows that there are currently 22 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness for grades 3-8 and high school in Math, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies.

TISD received 12 Distinction Designations based on the 2017-18 Accountability Ratings. Morriss Elementary received five; Wake Village Elementary and Texas High School earned two; Nash Elementary, Spring Lake Park Elementary and Texas Middle School each earned one. Distinction Designations areas of excellence received include: Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies; Comparative Academic Growth; Closing the Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness. Overall, TISD received a “B” rating with all campuses meeting standards.

A new measure entering into the accountability system for 2018 is College, Career and Military Readiness. This measure is a significant portion (40%) of the student achievement measurement for both the high school and district. TISD received a score of 57% which is 3% above the state average of 54%. There are several ways a student can demonstrate college, career or military readiness. These include earning minimum scores on national college entrance exams, completing college-level classes in high school or earning a qualifying industry credential. This measure illustrates the percentage of student who have met one of these criteria to demonstrate they are ready for one of those paths.

In the area of college readiness, TISD continues to see gains in the number of students taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a district average score of 1139 exceeding the state average (1032) score by 107 points. American College Test (ACT) continues to be the test of choice for TISD students, and the district average score (21.1) exceeds the state average of 20.6.

TISD’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers 24 courses for a minimum of 72 college semester hours of credit. Additionally, there are 36 Pre-AP preparation courses offered for Texas Middle and Texas High School students. Student course enrollment in the AP program is at a three-year average of 888. Fifty-five percent of tests taken by Texas High School students scored “3” or higher while students scoring “5” increased by 17% over the previous year. Sixty-two students were named Advanced Placement scholars and 18 students were named AP Scholars with Distinction. Texas High School students scored higher than the state average on 15 of the AP tests offered and higher than the national average on 12 of the tests.

For Dual Credit (DC), TISD offers 80 high school courses in collaboration with Texarkana College, Texas A&M University-Texarkana and Southern Arkansas University Tech. These courses provide the opportunity for 240 academic college semester hours of credit. All but one academic course required to earn an Associate Degree is taught on the Texas High School campus. Currently, six senior students are on track to receive their High School Diploma and Associate Degree in May 2019. The DC program consists of 1,230 course enrollments.

The Dual Credit program allows students the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses and to earn high school as well as college credit for the completed coursework. The program provides a continuum of learning from high school to college for those students who choose to pursue a post-secondary degree or certificate after high school graduation. This continuum increases opportunities for students to progress through their programs of study at an accelerated pace. The advanced curriculum provides a background for students that will sharpen their academic preparedness for college. At the same time, the program expands the options available for college-bound students.

The Texas High School 2018 graduating class received a total of $18,073,177 in scholarship offers which was up by 2% from 2017. Eighty-five percent of graduates attained the Distinguished Achievement Program level. Under the new graduation program, students are able to earn endorsements in: STEM; Business & Industry; Public Service; Arts & Humanities; and Multidisciplinary Studies.

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