Sharyland ISD Earns Postsecondary Distinction for 4th Consecutive Year

Sharyland ISD Earns Postsecondary Distinction for 4th Consecutive Year
Posted on 08/18/2017
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Sharyland ISD did it again- received the postsecondary distinction for 4 years in a row.  The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that only 58 school districts in 2017, including Sharyland ISD, received a distinction designation for postsecondary readiness from over 1,200 districts in the state.  Amazingly, Sharyland ISD is 1 of 5 districts state-wide that earned the postsecondary readiness recognition for the fourth consecutive year. Sharyland ISD has earned the distinction every year it has been part of the current state accountability system.  The postsecondary readiness distinction – the only distinction at the district level under the state accountability system – takes into account factors such as graduation rates, ACT/SAT participation and performance, Career and Technical Education (CTE) graduates, and dual-credit course completion rates. 

Along with all campuses meeting state standards, Sharyland ISD had other phenomenal academic results. Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics. Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading; Academic Achievement in Mathematics; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25 Percent: Student Progress; Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness.

“Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride in a community,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment.”  Sharyland ISD continues the Tradition of Excellence: 1) Sixty-two percent of Sharyland campuses received all TEA distinctions possible; four secondary and four elementary. 2) Sharyland ISD earned a total of 72 out of 84 possible distinctions. 3) All campuses placed in the top 10 of their comparison group for Top 25% Student Progress and/or Closing Performance Gaps. 4) Sharyland ISD is still number one in K-12th districts on Index 1, Index 2, and Index 3 in the Region One area. 
 “Based on these results you can see that Sharyland ISD is a high performing district not just in South Texas but also when compared across the state” said Sharyland ISD Superintendent Dr. Rob O’Connor.  “If you compare our results with any district in the State you will see that Sharyland ISD truly stands out.”  Dr. O’Connor gives credit for these results to his students, teachers, staff, parents, principals and school board members.  Sharyland is a district where “Excellence is the Tradition.”   

To view the 2017 state accountability ratings and distinction designations for districts, charters and campuses, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/accountability/