Dr. Smith: A-F Ratings System Doesn't Make the Grade
Duncanville ISD Families and Community Members:
Recently, there have been many conversations regarding the state’s new A-F accountability rating system for Texas public schools. The students, teachers and our community in Duncanville Independent School District are much more than an over-simplified letter grade. Last week, the Texas Education Agency released what it is calling provisional ratings. By the state’s own admission, these letter grades are not complete and do not include data that will later be used for this new system.
Whatever letter rating is assigned to our schools and district is not a true reflection of us. This rating system fails to take into account the high quality of our teachers, the strength of our community and, most importantly, the boundless potential of our students.
Every day our teachers and administrators are preparing our student to succeed in college, a professional vocation or a military career. Below are examples of our continuing efforts.
• Duncanville ISD and each of our schools received the highest rating in the current accountability system utilized by the state. This ‘Met Standard’ rating shows that our students are meeting and, in some instances, exceeding the achievement standards previously established.
• Duncanville ISD is bolstering our emphasis on early education. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, we will introduce all-day pre-kindergarten classes at two of our elementary schools – Hastings and Acton. The remaining elementary schools currently providing pre-kindergarten will continue with half-day classes.
• The Duncanville High School Collegiate Academy will begin accepting applications next month from current 8th grade students who will be high school freshmen in the 2017-2018 school year. The DHS Collegiate Academy is an intense, dual credit process that gives participating students an opportunity to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in addition to their high school diploma.
• We have started the application process to welcome a Junior ROTC program back to Duncanville High School.
None of these accomplishments is possible without the partnership of our parents and the dedication of our teachers and administrators. In the coming months, we will talk more about how the district will respond to the upcoming accountability system, and we’ll share more details on the new programs we are implementing.
Thank you for trusting us with your children. I want you to know that I am dedicated to “Writing Success Stories, One Student at a Time.”
Dr. Marc Smith Superintendent of Schools Duncanville Independent School District