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For those families who would like to become an official sponsor for the 2017 Blue Suede Boots Gala, please click here to discover ways you can help. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase support from your family or business. SEF is an IRS charity non-profit organization too! Please visit our webpage for more details,www.sunnyvaleisd.com/SEF




SISD Featured in Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Report

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SISD has been featured among a report of the high performing school districts in Texas. The report was created by the Texas High Performing Consortium and showcases innovative work of the included school districts. The report was sent to: 

Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Education Commissioner Mike Morath, Members of the 85th Texas Legislature and Members of the Texas State Board of Education.

SISD is featured on pages 24-25. Please click here to review the report. 
 



North Texas School Districts Unite Behind Legislative Priorities 

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Mr. Williams speaks on behalf of the superintendents of North Texas.

In an unprecedented show of unity, north central school district superintendents gathered today at a news conference to show support for three major legislative priorities. Superintendent Doug Williams was the featured speaker, along with student speaker, senior Nyssa Kantorek. Please look for media coverage on your local news stations and in The Dallas Morning News
 
For information on the legislative priorities, please visit www.texasstudentsmatter.com


  • SISD Letter to Community Regarding State Accountability

    Dear SISD Community, 

    House Bill (2804), as passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015, requires changes to the state accountability system. The bill requires that schools be assigned A–F rating labels to describe district and campus performance. Districts and campuses will receive a rating of A, B, C, D, or F in each of five domains, as well as an overall rating. The changes will officially take effect in 2018.  However, a preliminary progress report of the first four domains will be released in January of 2017.  Based upon a letter from the Commissioner of Education dated December 16, 2016, the system is still in development, and districts will receive the final rules about the system in the spring of 2018. The first three domains of the system (55% of the overall score) focus on student performance on the STAAR/EOC exams. The system domains, as currently proposed, are described below:


    Domain I: Student Performance (combined with Domain II for 35% of overall rating)

    The purpose of this domain is to measure the percentage of all students that receive a satisfactory score on their STAAR/EOC exam. Higher points are earned for students that achieve post-secondary ready and/or advanced level scores.


    Domain II: Student Progress  (combined with Domain I for 35% of overall rating)

    The goal of Domain II is to reflect the percentage of students meeting expected progress

    from one year to the following. Additional points are recorded for students exceeding projected progress.

     

    Domain III: Closing Performance Gaps (20% of overall rating)

    Domain III focuses on the performance of students categorized as economically disadvantaged. The proposed system has recommended cut scores that vary depending upon the district percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Districts with lower percentages of economically disadvantaged students, such as SISD, are expected to achieve higher scores in order to receive a passing grade.


    Domain IV: Postsecondary Readiness (35% of overall rating)

    The intent of this domain is to measure student preparedness for college, industry, and/or military settings. However, preliminary reports indicate that elementary and middle school measures will focus on percentage of days students are present at school and the district/campus dropout rate.  The calculations differ based upon the classification of the campus.

    Elementary schools will be graded based upon the percentage of students that were present for 90% or more of the school days in 2014-2015, also known as the chronic absenteeism rate.

    Middle school grades will be based upon the same chronic absenteeism percentage (50%), with the addition of the percentage of students that have not dropped out of school (50%).


    High school grades will be based upon:
    • Graduation rate (10%)

    • 14-15 graduates that have accomplished at least one of the following: completed sequence of CTE courses, completed 12 or more college hours, completed one or more AP/IB courses, and/or met TSI benchmark scores (20%)

    • Types of graduation plans (5%)

    Domain V: Community and Student Engagement (10% of overall rating)

    The remaining 10% of the system will be locally defined, through local rating
    instruments. Each campus and district will select three indicators, from their local
    instrument, to report to the state. This domain will not be publicly reported until 2018.

    Details of our local system have been posted and may be found on our website.
    15-16 Sunnyvale ISD Community Report: http://www.sunnyvaleisd.com/Page/6586
    15-16 SISD Rating and Accountability System: http://www.sunnyvaleisd.com/Page/6726

     

    In SISD, we put students first, seek to meet individual needs, and strive to prepare students for their future. We believe that true accountability should be defined locally through a holistic approach, rather than a set of complex calculations that are in the midst of development. We are hopeful that the legislature will make revisions to the proposed system in the upcoming session, as a majority of this system remains focused on snapshots of student performance on the STAAR/EOC exams. Our school board recently approved a resolution related to this legislative priority. More information may be found atwww.texasstudentsmatter.com. We will keep you updated as we learn more about this new accountability system.


    Thank you for sharing your students with us,


     

    Doug Williams

    Superintendent

    Sunnyvale ISD



    BraggingRights SISD Recognized by

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    SISD is one of 12 school districts who are basking in the glow of positive press with the release of Texas School Business magazine’s Tenth Annual Bragging Rights 2016-2017 special issue. Bragging Rights, which calls for nominations and is published every December, recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives of students, schools and communities. 

    To read the 10th Annual Bragging Rights issue online, visit www.texasschoolbusiness.com.

     

     

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