By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
San Benito CISD Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón announced Friday that 16 of the district’s 17 campuses acquired an accountability rating of “Met Standard.”
It was Frank Roberts Elementary School, according to Limón, that was the sole campus to receive a rating of “Improvement Required.”
The official ratings came Thursday, Aug. 7, when 28 distinction designations were also awarded to SBCISD – 15 of which, according to Limón, were “earned at the elementary school level.” The middle schools accounted for eight, and San Benito High School and San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy accounted for four distinctions.
The maximum amount of distinctions attainable is six for SBHS, four for VMA, seven per middle school and six for elementary campuses – a total of 103 possible designations.
Rangerville Elementary received five distinctions of a possible six and Riverside Middle School earned four of a possible seven.
Concerning Frank Roberts, Limón said the campus was two points shy of the Index 1 target – a Texas Education Agency method of scoring – despite exceeding Indexes 2-4.
On the results, Yliana González of the SBCISD Board of Trustees said, “There’s always room for growth at the campuses. We would expect that with the rigor that comes with the STAAR and end-of-course assessment that we’re able to meet those standards, and not just meet them but exceed them.”
González added, “Obviously there are areas that need to be addressed, and we can’t just settle for 28 distinctions since we can obtain much more than that, but I’m proud that we were able to obtain 28 distinctions. Kudos to them (campuses). We just don’t want to mislead the community that the district is doing fantastic when there’s significant room for growth.”
Board President Arnold Padilla echoed González’ sentiments, stating, “We’re definitely not satisfied with that status entirely. We want to continue to move forward, but it’s a start, and we’re happy that there’s been some moderate movement forward and continue to look forward to better scores in the future.”
Limón added, “We can get more distinctions, and that’s what we’re shooting for is to increase the number of distinctions.”