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RISD Response to Preliminary State A-F Rating

In 1983, HB 72 created state curriculum standards, a state assessment system and a state accountability system for public schools.  The original intent was to insure all students were achieving basic skills in reading and math.  The original intent has evolved into a current system that is rating and ranking students and schools based on college readiness/advanced standards measured by the state assessment STAAR.  Neither higher education nor the workforce considers the STAAR assessments as a valid indicator for post-secondary success.

Most recently, in 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature enacted HB 2804 which in turn established an A-F rating system for public school districts and campuses.  This new system was slated to go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year; however, the Legislature requested a preliminary run based on the 2015-2016 school data.  The Texas Commissioner of Education then chose to make the information public.    The complexities of determining the letter grade for each domain far surpass any grading system used in public schools for reporting student progress.  There is no simple explanation for how the ratings were determined.

The political justification for moving to this system was to provide a performance grade for campuses comparable to the grades received on student report cards. 

The newly developed A-F State Accountability System is NOT an accurate reflection of quality education, dedicated staff, supportive parents and students with a vast array of talents, interests and opportunities.  This system does NOT take into consideration the vast diversity of our state or the available resources for meeting the high expectations required to achieve the desired outcomes.

Redwater ISD does not embrace a rating or ranking of our schools based on a state test administered on one specific date.  Our focus is to provide a quality 21st century education that far exceeds the limited parameters of this state accountability design.  At Redwater ISD, where the vision is to inspire high personal expectations so ALL will experience their full potential and rise above the ordinary, our schools are so much more than one test; our students are so much more than one score!  Life Matters at Redwater ISD.


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RHS One Act Play Advances
The One Act Play cast and crew advanced to the Bi-district level of contest yesterday. Sean Tinney received an All Star Cast Award and Hannah Spence received Best Actress. The cast and crew ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 03/03/2017
Source Page: RISD News

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RHS Band Earns 7th Consecutive Sweepstakes Award
The RHS Dragon Band had an excellent performance at UIL Concert Contest on March 1, 2017 and earned straight 1's in Stage and Sightreading Performance. The band brought home its 7th consecutive ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 03/02/2017
Source Page: RISD News

Texas Students Rank High in Math and Science
Did you know Texas students beat Finland, England, Germany, France, and most other countries around the world when comparing their scores on NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) to ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 03/01/2017
Source Page: RISD News

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RHS Students Earn VASE Medals
Thirteen photography students competed Saturday at the Visual Art Scholastic Event at Pleasant Grove and brought home several medals. Kayla Hawkins medaled with both of her pieces and advanced to ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 03/01/2017
Source Page: RISD News

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RHS Dragon TV Earned $1250 for ASAP
Dragon Television placed second in the 2017 TxDOT Project Celebration public service announcement contest. Each competing group had to create an original, 60 second PSA related to a traffic safety ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 03/01/2017
Source Page: RISD News

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RISD Named Learning for Life District of the Year
Redwater ISD is the Learning for Life District of the Year! Learning for Life is a Pre-K through 12th Grade career and character education program. Pictured are Linda Willis, Learning for Life ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 02/03/2017
Source Page: RISD News

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District and Regional Science Fairs
Our middle school and junior high students recently had the chance to compete in our district science fair here at Redwater ISD.  Here are the winners from the district science fair: 4th Grade 1st ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 02/03/2017
Source Page: RISD News

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RISD Hour of Code
Redwater students across the district participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 5-11). These students joined others around the world learning code in their class ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 01/05/2017
Source Page: RISD News

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RHS Dragons Place Third in District 8-AAA Football
Congratulations to the RHS Dragon Football Team for placing third in District 8-AAA! Join us Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 pm in Lindale to support the dragons in their Bi-District playoff game vs. ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 11/07/2016
Source Page: RISD News

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National Honor Society Highway 67 Cleanup
Fourteen RHS students spent this past beautiful Saturday morning cleaning the National Honor Society’s adopted section of Hwy 67 by the school. Thank you NHS for your service to our school and ... [read full article]
Posted Date: 10/31/2016
Source Page: RISD News

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Senior Walk and Dragon to Dragon

On Wednesday, May 25, the RHS Class of 2016 proudly walked the Redwater Kindergarten, Elementary School, and Junior High School campuses. Drake, the graduating mascot, Daisy, the new mascot, cheerleaders, and the drum line lead the way. As the RHS seniors paraded through the hallways in their caps and gowns, the elementary and junior high students cheered them on in the “Senior Walk” tradition that began last year. Seniors also wrote and delivered letters to kindergarten students giving them advice and encouragement to stay in school.
 
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