Board Discusses Initial STAAR Scores, Model for LH Growth 5/3/16
At its May 2 regular Meeting, RISD Trustees heard a report on initial STAAR scores and reached consensus on the instructional delivery model to accommodate current and projected enrollment growth in the Lake Highlands area.
Initial STAAR Results
Staff shared initial state STAAR results with the Board from the first administration of 5th & 8th grade reading and math tests. RISD scores improved from last year in most areas while the passing standard set by the state increased. Students in 5th & 8th grade are required to pass both assessments to advance to the next grade. Students who did not pass will have another opportunity to take the assessment before the end of school. STAAR results in other grade levels are expected to be available in June.
Consensus Reached on K-6 Instructional Model to Address Growth
Trustees concluded their discussion from previous meetings about a 5th/6th grade instructional delivery model compared to RISD's current K-6 model. Dr. Stone and instructional staff shared the results of research into the instructional implications of both models, and included some additional operational considerations. The compelling instructional implication of a 5th/6th model is the addition of a transition for students within the critical window of 5th-8th grade. The research indicates that the more stability a student is provided during that age range, higher school engagement levels are realized with lower discipline rates. Based on the research, Dr. Stone recommended that a K-6 model continue to be utilized by RISD as the preferred instructional option.
Based on the instructional recommendation, the work of the Lake Highlands Reflector Committee, and parent & community feedback, the Board decided not to pursue the 5th/6th instructional model as a solution and reached consensus that only options in support of RISD's existing K-6 instructional model will be pursued to address enrollment growth. Trustees discussed the merits of constructing at least one new K-6 elementary school, adding classrooms on to existing K-6 schools, and the need to develop a long range growth/facility plan specifically in Lake Highlands.
The board will discuss the topic again at their next meeting on May 16.
Learn more about the May 2 Board meeting, including video.