November 1, 2016
The Nixon-Smiley school district was highly successful in meeting goals set in 2012 as part of its partnership with the Texas Literacy Initiative (TLI), according to the district's fourth and final initiative report.
“Leadership across the district have worked together to implement all facets of the initiative to ensure that the goals were met and that STAAR test scores increased across the board since 2012,” said Texas Literacy Initiative State Literacy Liaison Michelle Lambert-Yuhasz.
The only goal that was not entirely met pertained to increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding proficiency on STAAR English language arts assessments in grades 3 through 12. However, students improved greatly over the 4-year period, meeting four of the five goals in this reporting period compared to just one of five in the first reporting period.
The five TLI goals are (1) to increase oral language and preliteracy skills of preschool children; (2) to increase the performance of students in kindergarten through grade 2 on early reading assessments; (3) to increase the percentage of students who meet or exceed proficiency on STAAR tests in grades 3 through 12; (4) to increase the use of data and data analysis to inform all decision-making across the district, in campuses, in classrooms, and in early learning settings; and (5) to increase the implementation of effective literacy instruction through literacy lines.
Campus administrators were pleased with the initiative’s transformative effects, according to the report, and highlighted a number positive changes, including (1) data sharing to inform instruction and identify student needs, (2) integration of assessment data into the district's response to intervention system, and (3) promotion of professional relationships between district staff and instructional personnel to increase academic outcomes.
“The administration at the campus levels have backed the initiative saying that this will be an expectation for our students to be producing writing pieces in all content areas," according to a particiapant quoted in the report. "It is not only a tested skill, but also a lifelong skill for jobs, and college. The administration has been very supportive in backing that plan and setting those expectations for teachers that they are all on board with helping facilitate writing in all classrooms.”
|Period 1||Period 2||Period 3||Period 4|
|Goal 1: Preliteracy Skills||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Goal 2: K–2 Fluency Skills||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Goal 3: STAAR Performance: Reading (Grades 3 to 8)||yes||yes|
|STAAR Performance: Writing (Grades 4 and 7)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|STAAR Performance: English I Reading||yes|
|STAAR Performance: English I Writing||yes||yes||yes|
|STAAR Performance: English II Reading|
|Goal 4: Data Analysis||yes||yes||yes|
|Goal 5: Effective Literacy Instruction via Literacy Lines||yes||yes|