LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT KEVIN WORTHY ON THE VALUE OF LOCAL ACCOUNTABILITY
In 2018 the Texas Education Agency will assign every school district in Texas a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F based primarily on the students’ performance on the state’s STAAR test. Some legislators argue that the letter grade system will simplify accountability for parents when it comes to how well their schools are doing. I disagree due to the complex methodology behind that sweeping letter grade.
The primary flaw with the letter grade system is its emphasis on STAAR. Last school year, we spent 9 months with a diverse committee of students, parents, staff and community members to determine what matters most when it comes to school. Hundreds of survey responses and multiple community forums were held to make sure that we begin to measure what matters most. STAAR performance fell at the bottom of the list among all stakeholders. I truly believe that this flawed A-F system will give these tests even more weight and eventually bring more stress to children.
This is why we are proud to release our first ever Community Scorecard in Royse City ISD. This publication is a true report on the indicators that matter in Royse City ISD.
To our stakeholders, I want you to know that we are accountable to you. We will meet the accountability standards set forth by our legislation, but we will not give them more merit than they are worth. We cannot judge a child based on one test taken in the Spring. Their talents and their growth are worth so much more. As a parent and superintendent of Royse City ISD I am proud of our teachers and the difference they make for kids every day. We hope you enjoy the Community Scorecard and we look forward to an amazing 2018-19 school year. Go Bulldogs!