Each of the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District's four campuses have achieved a "Recognized" rating from the Texas Education Agency's accountability system.
The accomplishment is a first for the district since the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills was implemented in 2003. The district has achieved a "Recognized" rating seven times over its history, school officials said.
Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez said the recent results "are the hard work and dedication of TM teachers and administrators." He also credited the district's implementation of the CSCOPE curriculum and the district's Collaborative Planning program.
In 2006-07, the district adopted CSCOPE curriculum. This curriculum was developed with collaboration from educators around the state, including some from Tuloso-Midway, Gonzalez said.
CSCOPE is a curriculum that provides vertical and horizontal alignment to guarantee that all students receive equitable access to learning opportunities.
The TMISD teachers and administrators have received training on the use of CSCOPE and are implementing it successfully, Gonzalez said. In addition, the district applied in 2007-08 for a waiver from the Texas Education Agency to implement the district's Collaborative Planning program.
The waiver allows schools to release students 30 minutes early every Wednesday so teachers may meet for one hour by grade level and subject area to discuss ways to improve teaching and learning, to analyze student performance data and to develop specific plans for the implementation of CSCOPE.
Collaborative Planning has given teachers the opportunity to learn from each other, and it has promoted a productive and positive climate focused on student learning.
During the last two years, the TMISD has emphasized improving instruction and learning in mathematics and science, Gonzalez said, and these are the two areas that showed the largest gains.
Overall scores for mathematics and science improved six percent points. The high school showed the most significant improvement, gaining four points in social studies, 10 points in mathematics and seven points in science.
The middle school improved its performance in reading, two points; in social studies, four points; in math, three points; and in science, 11 points. The middle school lost one point in reading.
The intermediate school lost ground in reading, writing, and science and stayed the same in mathematics; however, all its scores were at the "Recognized" level or above, Gonzalez said.
The primary school's rating is tied to the performance of the intermediate school; therefore, the rating for both schools is "Recognized."
The Tuloso-Midway Alternative Career Center and Alternative Discipline Center are under the Alternative Education Accountability system and have earned the highest rating available for their category, which is "Acceptable."
"The ACC and ADC teachers make a significant contribution to helping low performance students meet graduation requirements and avoid becoming dropouts," Gonzalez said.
The district had set a goal for itself in 2006 to eventually make its way to an "Exemplary" rating in the TEA's accountability system, which it has never received. Gonzaelz said the most recent "Recognized" rating is just the first step in that direction for the school district.