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Free healthcare resource event coming this month. - Page 1C Hays Free Press January 11,2017 Page 3B PHOTO BY JULIANA RIECSS A pair of Hays Rebel band members claimed All'State Band honors earlier this month. Percussionist Ryan Peed and B-flat clari- netist Chris Robles (center, l-r) were named to the All-State Band as a result of their performances at the Area E band auditions at the University of Texas at Austin Jan. 7. Both will participate in a clinic in San Antonio Feb. 9-10, which is then followed by a Feb. 11 concert. Band directors are Chris Gordon (left) and Tony Leflet. BY MOSES LEOS III After a six-year tenure on the dais, a groundbreaking Hays CISD board trustee is opting to forego a third term as she purses a career in education. In a letter to con- stituents, Hays CISD at-large board trustee Sandra Bryant, who is the first, and currently only, Mrican-Ameri- can elected to serve as a trustee, announced her plan to not run for reelection this May. Bryant, who was elected to the board in 2011 and currently serves as board vice president, said she decided to "pass the mantle" and pursue another calling in life after much "prayer and deliberation." "I will be focusing my full attention on earning my master's degree in counsel- ing," Bryant said in her letter. Bryant believes that seven goals she had in mind when she first ran for the at-large seat have been accom- plished. Those goals includ- ed continuing to build rela- tion- ships with the com- munity, stand for smaller class- room sizes, BRYANT in- crease pay for teachers and staff and increase safety in schools. Other goals were promoting account- ability, heighten trans- parency and improve communication. She also said forego- ing reelection won't "hamper my involve- ment in the commu- nity." "I love our school BRYANT, 4B I , , ' i i;, ,,, Official calls for resolution against new assessment system BY MOSES LEOS III Hays CISD is planning to join a growing list of Texas school districts opposing the state's new A-F accountability ratings, made public which were last week. Ina letter sent to parents, Hays CISD superin- tendent Mike McKie called the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) let- ter grades for Hays CISD "disap - pointing." Addition- ally, McKie proposed the HCISD board of trustees pass a resolution to join 150 school districts statewide that are calling for repeal of the system. Ac- cording to the TF_ s preview ratings, "In fact, this new rating system is damaging because it creates a false impression about students, ignores the unique strengths of each school, and unfairly reduces each student's worth to the school's assigned grade," - Mike McKie, Hays CISD superintendent which were released ]an. 6, Hays CISD received two "C" and two "D" ratings across four "domains" that measure accountability based on student achieve- ment, progress, as well as closing performance gaps and post secondary readiness. The new ratings won't take effect until the 2018 school year, according to McKie's letter. The reason- ing for the release was to "show what schools would have achieved had the rat- ing system been in place last school year." While McKie said there is room for improvement in the rankings, he said the new system is "defi- cient in capturing all of the positive things hap- pening in our classrooms and in schools across the state." "In fact, this new rat- ing system is damaging because it creates a false impres- sion about students, ignores the unique strengths of each school, and unfairly re- duces each student's worth to the school's assigned grade," McKie said in his letter. He added the current method to calculate scores relies "heavily on the high- stakes test" adminis- tered by the state. McKie said mea- sures should be more than one set of standard- ized tests that comprise 55 percent or more of the overall letter grade for a campus or district. "Our local grading policies do not allow one test to be the majority of a grade," McKie said in his letter. "State policies should not either." McKie also believes the standards for the letter grades were set by comparing scores for campuses and districts REPORT CARD, 4B % Economically Domain I Domain II Domain III Domain IV Disadvantaged Score Letter Score LetterScore LetterScore Letter HAYS CISD 49.5 41 C 37 C -6.1D 72 D iii iii! ii ii !iii i ! i ! i l i l iii iii ii! !ii ii iii ! iii i i i i i i i i ! i ii i i !i ! ! i i i i i i i !i iii iii! i i i i i i i i !!i ! i i i i i iii i i i! i i ! ! i iii i i ! iii i i ! ! i i i ii i iiNi :i!i !iii iii ! iii ! ! i i ! i i !i i i i:! ; i i ! i iI Buda Elementary 35.3 43 C 47 B -5.4 D 93.9C iiii!ii!ili!i!iii!i!)i!i i ii!i!!!iiiiiii!!iiiiiiiiii ii ii iii!i! iiiiii;!i !i ! i!iiii iiii!iiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiii iiiiiiii!iiiii iiii;i!!iljii?! !ii !iiii!! !i!i?! i!iii:ii!iiiii!i!i!iii i!! i U iii!i!i!iiiilN Sili iiii iiiiii!iii!iiiii!!iiiiii i!i!i:i:!iiii! 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DOMAIN I - STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Domain I measures STAAR assessment results combined across all grades and subjects. One point is awarded for each percentage of assessment results that are at or above the following: Level II Satisfactory Standard, Post- secondary Readiness Standard and Level III Advanced Standard. DOMAIN II - STUDENT PROGRESS Domain II measures progress at the STAAR satisfactory and postsecondary readiness standards on ELA/reading and mathematics assessments. One point is awarded for each percentage of assessment results that meet or exceed progress measure expectations and one point for each percentage of assessment results that exceed prog- ress measure expectations. Performance is calculated for ten student groups: All students, Pacific Islander, African American, White, American Indian, two or more races, Asian, students served by special education, Hispanic and English language learners.The performance of all ten groups is combined to determine the Domain II score. DOMAIN III - CLOSING PERFORMANCE GAPS Domain III measures academic performance differentials among students from different socioeconomic back- grounds. The score is based on the relationship of a district or campus's Domain I score and the percentage of its students who are economically disadvantaged. Us- ing statewide data from the 2015-2016 school year, TEA determines a predicted Domain I score (using assessment results of only the economically disadvantaged subgroup), based on district or campus type and the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged. For the purposes of calculating the Domain III score, this specialized Domain I score is referred to as the Domain IDIII score. The difference between a district or campus's Domain IDIII. score and the predicted Domain IDIII score is the district or campus's Domain Ill score. TEA provides a formula for districts and campuses to use to calculate their predicted Domain III score. DOMAIN IV - POSTSECoNDARY READINESS Domain IV measures whether students are on track for success in postsecondary life, whether in college, a career, or the military. The indicators used to measure postsecondary readiness vary by campus type. Scores for elementary schools are based on the chronic ab- senteeism rate calculated by student group. Scores for middle schools are based on the chronic absenteeism rate and the annual grade 7 and 8 dropout rate, if available. If a dropout rate is not available, the Domain IV score will be based solely on the chronic absenteeism rate. High Schools, K-12 Campuses, and Districts Domain IV scores for high schools, K-12 campuses, and districts are based on graduation/dropout rates, graduation plan rates, and college and career readiness indicators. + II ii ill '