The state accountability ratings from the 2015-2016 school year provided a starting point to begin discussions about improving academic performance within Natalia ISD. The 2016 State Accountability report provided some insights into our strengths while also defining opportunities for improvement. Our high school earned distinctions in several areas: 1) Academic Achievement in English Language Arts, 2) Academic Achievement in Science, and 3) Closing Performance Gaps. In addition, our elementary campus earned a distinction for Student Progress. All four of our campuses earned an Accountability Rating of “Met Standard”.
As a School District, however, we did not “Meet Standard” in the area of Postsecondary Readiness by 1 point. While Postsecondary Readiness is measured by many subcomponents, we are focusing on three areas: 1) Supporting students to pass STAAR with a score that equates to being college ready; 2) Planning for and enrolling our Career and Technology program students in a coherent sequence of classes; 3) Offering the PSAT test to all 8th, 10th, and 11th grade students; 4) Offering the SAT with essay to all 11th grade students; and 5) Implementing a districtwide college and career readiness program like AVID (Achieving Via Individual Determination).
We believe that every kid matters every day. Whether it is the military, trade school, college, or work, every Natalia ISD student should be prepared to do whatever that choose when they graduate. This Spring, we will be embarking upon a collaborative process with our staff, students, parents, and community to create a comprehensive 5-year plan to transform Natalia ISD into the best school district in Texas.