December 17, 2019
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George Moore Announces Retirement; Trustees Name Moore as Hall of Fame Recipient for 2020. Other Business for District Reviewed.
Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees met for their regular session on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
During the opening session, President Fred Norton, Jr. and Superintendent Paul Norton recognized the retirement of Assistant Superintendent George Moore effective December 31, 2019. Additionally, they announced his naming as the 2020 TISD Hall of Fame recipient. He will be honored for this award during the March 2020 Texas Public Schools Week Community Breakfast.
Moore's legacy of 48 years in education at TISD began in 1971 when he started as a Biology teacher for Texas High School. He remained in that position for 14 years and then assumed the position of Assistant Principal for Westlawn Elementary School in 1988. During the 1989-90 school year, Moore served as Principal of 15th Street Elementary School and then took over Pine Street Middle School from 1990-2000 as Principal. Following his time at Pine Street Middle School, Moore took on the role of Assistant Superintendent for Campus Operations from 2001-2003.
In 2003, TISD called upon Moore to add to his current duties the role of Texas Middle School Principal because of his senior leadership and his natural ability with students and parents. What was to be a three-year position turned into six years. In 2009, Moore left TMS and moved into the position of Assistant Superintendent of Alternative Education overseeing the OPTIONS Academic Alternative High School, Elementary and Secondary District Alternative Education Program (DAEP) along with the Therapeutic Intervention Learning Center.
Items reviewed and/or approved included:
*Consideration/Approval of Proposals. Approval given to Curriculum Management Solutions, Inc. for a series of modules focused on designing and developing high quality, cognitively challenging written curriculum and assessments to assist in developing professional development curriculum writing training for the district. Also approved were proposals for School Supply Vendors for the period January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024. Awarded to: Discount School Supply, hand2mind, Kaplan, NASCO, Office Depot, Oriental Trading, School Specialty, Staples and Tardy Bell;
*Texas High School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide for 2020-2021 Addendum. Approval for the 2020-21 Texas High School Program of Studies was given during the November 2019 Board of Trustees meeting. The addendum, being approved at this time, relates to technical issues such as pre-requisites, course name changes, etc. The final Texas High School Program of Studies and Course Description Guide for 2020-21 includes 523 courses of which 32 are Advanced Placements courses and 133 Dual Credit Courses. Also available are 12 certifications and 190 courses in career and technology programming;
*Student Academic Performance Report.
At present, there are 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 16 Distinction Designations based on the 2018-19 Accountability Ratings. Morriss Elementary received six; Wake Village Elementary earned four; Nash Elementary and Texas High School earned two; Highland Park Elementary, Spring Lake Park Elementary 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.
In the area of college readiness, TISD continues to see gains in the number of students taking the American College Test (ACT) and/or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The district average score (21.0) for the ACT is on par with the state average (20.5) while the district average score (1182) for the SAT exceeds the state average (1022) by 160 points.
TISD’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers 32 courses for a minimum of 96 college semester hours of credit. Additionally, there are 37 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 798. Fifty-six percent of tests taken by Texas High School students scored “3” or higher while students scoring “5” increased by 3% over the previous year. Fifty-eight students were named Advanced Placement scholars with 19 students being named AP Scholars with Distinction. Texas High School students scored higher than the state average on 13 of the AP tests offered and higher than the global average on 10 of the tests.
For Dual Credit (DC), TISD offers 133 high school courses in collaboration with Texarkana College, Texas A&M University-Texarkana and Southern Arkansas University Tech. These courses provide the opportunity for 399 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 1,400 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 2019 graduating class received a total of $18,299,799 in scholarship offers which was on par with the amount in 2018. Eighty-six percent (367 students) of graduates attained the Distinguished Achievement Program level. Under the graduation program, students are able to earn endorsements in: STEM; Business & Industry; Public Service; Arts & Humanities; and Multidisciplinary Studies.
The most recent measure entering into the accountability system during the last few years 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 73% which is 8% above the state average of 65%. 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.
The next meeting for the TISD Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, January 21, 2020.