Texas Schools Receive Preliminary Letter Grades, Carthage ISD Responds
Posted January 6, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

The Texas Education Agency debuted a new controversial letter-grade accountability system on Friday. The new report rates districts in four different domains.

  • D1: Student Achievement
  • D2: Student Progress
  • D3: Closing Performance Gaps
  • D4: Post-secondary Readiness

The preliminary report shows Carthage ISD received a C in student achievement, a B in student progress, a D in closing performance gaps, and an F in post-secondary readiness. Beckville ISD received a B in student achievement, a C in student progress, a B in closing performance gaps, and an A in post-secondary readiness. Gary ISD received a c in student achievement, a B in student progress, a D in closing performance gaps, and a C in post-secondary readiness.

Carthage ISD Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick sent out the following statement to his faculty and staff concerning the ratings.

“The newly developed A-F State Accountability System is NOT an accurate reflection of quality education, dedicated staff, supportive parents and students with a vast array of talents, interests and opportunities. This system does NOT take into consideration the vast diversity of our state or the available resources for meeting the high expectations required to achieve the desired outcomes.

Carthage ISD does not embrace a rating or ranking of our schools based on a state test administered on one specific date. Our focus is to provide a quality 21st century education that far exceeds the limited parameters of this state accountability design. Our schools are so much more than one test; our students are so much more than one score!”

These ratings represent a work-in-progress and are predicted to change before becoming effective in August 2018.