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August 23, 2013

QISD meets state accountability standards

District receives academic distinctions from state for 2012-13

Quinlan — State accountability numbers for the 2012-2013 school year have been released and Quinlan Independent School District has “Met Standard” under the new STAAR/End-Of-Course accountability system.

“The 2012-2013 state report for Quinlan ISD is reflective of the hard work and dedication of all district employees, and we are proud to be closing the gap in student progress, student achievement and postsecondary readiness as assessed through through STAAR/End-Of-Course Exams by the state. A strong foundation for educating the “whole” child has been established, and the district is committed to building upon successes each year,” QISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Crosby said. “This year will mark the first year a student at Ford High School can earn a high school diploma and college associate’s degree simultaneously.”

Under the new system, four index targets addressed by the state include overall student performance, student growth in performance, closing achievement gaps among student groups, and graduation rates. The district as a whole met almost every evaluation indicator, including performance, participation and graduation. In order to be rated as “Met Standard,” the district along with each individual campus are required to meet all of the four index targets. Two QISD campuses received state accountability distinctions, including:

— Thompson Middle School earned the accountability distinction for being in the top quartile for “Academic Achievement” in Reading/English Language Arts in the state’s comparison cohort group of middle school campuses.

— Ford High School earned the accountability distinction for being in the top 25 percent quartile for “Student Progress” in the state’s comparison cohort group of high school campuses.

“D.C. Cannon Elementary School students are not tested through this program, but Cannon is included in the same accountability summary with A.E. Butler Intermediate School,” Director of Elementary Instruction Sue Boone said.  “A.E. Butler Intermediate School increased scores from the spring of 2012 to the spring of 2013 in third through fifth grades in English Language Arts and in math for fourth and fifth grade levels. Third grade reading and fourth grade math exceeded the state average.”

QISD parent Paula Reeves is one proud parent. Her 2013 Ford High School graduate and daughter Shelby Reeves is headed to Texas A&M University in College Station a few hours short of being classified as a sophomore, because of the QISD/PJC dual credit offerings at FHS.

“Every college credit Shelby earned in high school transferred beautifully,” Reeves said. “It’s amazing how much money the district has saved my family. The total cost for living, tuition and more is over $30,000 a year. All families and all students should be taking full advantage of all that Quinlan has to offer.”

2013 graduate Alex Clement is set to attend Baylor University with 25 hours of college credit transferring to the university, saving her family almost $50,000 in the total cost to attend that university for one year. The QISD/PJC dual credit college program saved Ariel Smith’s family over $30,000. She is attending the University of Texas in Austin as sophomore.  

Many 2013 graduates are enrolled in other top colleges and universities with at least 24 or more credits, saving QISD families millions in combined college tuition.  Many more students are receiving free certifications and/or training in one of approximately 20 career options available to QISD students who qualify.  Curriculum expansions at every campus will continue each year. Robotics and rocketry have expanded exponentially at TMS and FHS, with competitive success at state qualifying tournaments.

“QISD also offers the PRIDE Academy for struggling students to graduate in lieu of dropping out of school,” Crosby said. “Over the past two years, this alternative to the traditional high school has helped 25 students receive a high school diploma.”

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