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Fort Worth ISD is One of Two Top Texas Urban Districts in Year-to-Year Positive Gains

Fort Worth ISD is One of Two Top Texas Urban Districts in Year-to-Year Positive Gains

FWISD Reduces ‘Improvement Required’ Campuses by Half Since 2014

 

Fort Worth, Texas, August 14, 2018 – According to the Texas Education Agency, the Fort Worth Independent School District leads most major urban school districts in accountability gains. In fact, FWISD is touted by TEA as one of two top districts in Texas in year-to-year positive growth.

Forty-two percent of Fort Worth ISD schools received letter grades of A or B under the new A-F accountability system which will be fully implemented next year. And, 75% of FWISD campuses earned a letter grade of A, B, or C.  Overall, the District received a C under the new system.

“Four years ago we had 24 IR or “improvement required” campuses.  On Wednesday, we learned we have 11.  We’ve reduced the number of IR campuses by more than half,” said Superintendent Kent Scribner. “What we’re doing is working and we must stay the course.”

Five struggling campuses that were reconstituted as “Leadership Academies” -- Mitchell Blvd. ES, John T. White ES, Como ES, Logan ES, and Forest Oak Middle School – were rated Improvement Required at the beginning of the last school year.  Two of those schools – Logan and White – faced closure.  However, all five Leadership Academies will be rated “met standard,” many seeing double-digit gains in reading and math.

 Fort Worth ISD has seen positive growth among its highest-achieving campuses, as well.

“We have ten campuses that will have Met Standard at the A level,” said Dr. Scribner.

Additionally, FWISD saw an increase of 8% points in students passing Grade 3 reading.

“Having more students passing is the first step in moving ALL students to reading at grade level,” said Dr. Scribner, referencing the District’s goal of 100X25FWTX.  The initiative aspires to have all third-grade students reading at or above grade level by 2025.  This is part of the Read Fort Worth collective impact movement, led by Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Chairman Matt Rose, and Superintendent Scribner.

“Our work has just begun.  Our efforts during the recently concluded school year prove that our children are not the problems,” Dr. Scribner added. “They are assets in which to invest.”   

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