Progress in student outcomes is the product of the Canutillo ISD core beliefs put in practice. The District’s 2015-16 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) was released and exceeded performance indicators from last year. Canutillo schools received 32 distinction designations in the latest report from the state accountability system. This is marked improvement from the 20 distinction designations the District received last year.
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Marnie Rocha credits teachers’ continued use of data to inform instruction in the classroom for the improved performance.
“In Canutillo ISD, we believe every student counts,” Rocha said. “When teachers intervene earlier using formative assessments, we are able to close gaps with students. By remaining true to our core value of being student centered, everyone wins.”
The state accountability system assigns one of three academic ratings to each district and campus. The ratings are based on a framework of four indexes that combine a range of indicators into a comprehensive measure of performance. Results from the STAAR tests, graduation rates, rates of students completing the various graduation plans, and other indicators are combined into the framework. All Canutillo schools met the standard.
Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are eligible to earn distinction designations for achievement in different subject areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics. Some Canutillo ISD campuses performed extremely well.
Northwest Early College High School is one of only 21 El Paso area schools to receive all six or seven distinction designations. Canutillo Middle School received six of seven distinctions and Jose Damian Elementary and Deanna Davenport Elementary each received five of six distinctions.
According to the rating system, Canutillo ISD rates above the state average in each of the four indexes. The District is tops in El Paso for postsecondary readiness, second for closing performance gaps, and tied for second in student progress. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pedro Galaviz is encouraged by the reports.
“Our students’ performance is the result of our focus on academic outcomes and college readiness,” Galaviz said. “We continue to step closer to our vision of being a premier school district.”
View the full TAPR report.