The Socorro Independent School District is the largest district in the state and the only district in the region to earn a distinction for postsecondary readiness at the district level in the Texas Education Agency’s latest school accountability ratings. “It is evident that our laser-sharp focus on college and career readiness through Operation College Bound is ensuring our students are being prepared for success now and in the future,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “We are pleased with the assessment that reflects our tireless work to provide a high-quality, rigorous education for all students to be ready to excel in college, careers and beyond.”
The postsecondary distinction from the TEA is based on the success of all elementary, middle and high schools in Team SISD. To earn the distinction, campuses are ranked based on certain postsecondary readiness criteria set forth by the TEA in the accountability system, including graduation rates, ACT/SAT participation, career and technical education graduates, and meeting the college readiness level on STAAR.
The distinction is part of the TEA’s A-F rating accountability system based on new state legislation. It consists of three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps. Socorro ISD earned a score of 88, which is a B overall rating.
The rating shows SISD campuses are doing an excellent job meeting the TEA postsecondary readiness criteria. It also shows students are gaining the skills, knowledge and confidence to perform at high levels, which will lead to their success after high school, Espinoza said.
Elementary and middle school ratings are based entirely on performance on STAAR tests. For high schools, the ratings also consider college, career and military readiness and graduation rates for the Student Achievement and School Progress domains.
“Our overall rating shows that Team SISD is doing a great job of ensuring our students are achieving, progressing and prepared for postsecondary education,” Espinoza said. “While the ratings reflect a new way that the state is looking at performance, it is based in a large part on a standardized test students take one day out of the year and doesn’t reflect the whole amount of work and investment we make in our students. However, there is always room for improvement and we are committed to continue working toward 100 percent academic excellence for all students.”