MCISD receives 'A' rating

Posted 8/20/19

The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) received an accountability grade of 90, good for an ‘A’ letter grade, from the Texas Education Agency on Wednesday.

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MCISD receives 'A' rating

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The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) received an accountability grade of 90, good for an ‘A’ letter grade, from the Texas Education Agency on Wednesday.

The projected totals, which also had the district at a 90 percent, were released in July and reviewed at the board meeting for August.

“We were confident that the grade would be an ‘A’ before it became official, (Assistant Superintendent Dr. Keith West) and them do a great job analyzing the data,” said MCISD Superintendent Keith Smith. “We are proud of it and happy for the kids, but we are not going to sacrifice what is best for our students in order to receive a high letter grade.”

Last year, the district received a percentage of 79, which is a high ‘C’ and just a point away from a low ‘B’. Smith has stated that he would be pleased with any letter grade as long as they have provided the children with opportunities both from an instructional and extracurricular standpoint.

“11 points could just mean 15 students doing better on a test, that is how tight the margins are,” said Smith. “We understand the system and we conduct ourselves accordingly, but our students were getting served just as good when we were at a 79 as they are now at 90.”

The accountability system is broken into three different categories: Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps.

The grade for Student Achievement is calculated using the district’s STAAR performance, their College, Career and Military Readiness (CCMR) and the graduation rate. School Progress is measured by academic growth and relative performance whole Closing the Gaps looks at the different demographic groups within a district and their relative performance.

MCISD received an ‘A’ grade in the first two categories and a ‘B’ in Closing the Gaps.

While MCISD officials feel the same about their ability to educate their students as they have in the past, Smith recognized improvements in the accountability system itself.

“This is the best accountability system we have ever had,” said Smith. “It begins to give school districts that have great vocational programs like ours some points for that. In the past, they never recognized the importance of vocational education.”

Still, MCISD is taking the accountability rating with a grain of salt.

“I think it is dangerous for any school district to be painted with that broad of a brush, both in a positive and negative light,” said Smith. “We are happy with the ‘A’, but in the end it is just a byproduct of us doing a great job with our students and understanding the accountability system.”

For a comprehensive review of MCISD’s accountability results, visit TXschools.gov.

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