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Pittsburg ISD campus selected by TEA for study

By Bridget Ortigo
Sept. 30, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.
Updated Sept. 30, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

A Pittsburg ISD school was among 11 campuses in the state chosen to participate in “best practices” study because of its high performance and improvement on state-mandated testing.

“Our intermediate campus staff is certainly looking forward to sharing their best practices with other schools for the benefit of all students in the state,” Pittsburg ISD Superintendent Judy Pollan said Monday.

The Texas Education Agency chose Pittsburg Intermediate School to participate in the study because it was designated as a “high performing” and “high progress” Title I school, Pollan said. Title I schools are those with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

“We have a high percentage of students from economically disadvantaged families and a high mobility rate,” Pollan said. “In addition, we have a diverse ethnic student enrollment.”

The campus is 78 percent economically disadvantaged and has a mobility rate of 11 percent.

The state agency plans to have representatives meet with intermediate campus leaders to document measures taken by the school that lead to it achieving the improvement and high performance.

The agency will then share the documented methods from the 11 schools to all other districts in the state.

Pollan said no timelines have been given for the case study but the project is in the beginning stages.

Pittsburg Intermediate School met the standard on all indicators on its 2014 accountability ratings. The state rates schools in its accountability ratings on a pass/fail model in which campuses with meet standards or need improvement.

The school’s 370 students scored well enough to earn the district 33 out of 33 “met” indicators.

Some of the methods used at the campus include data-driven instruction, which Pollan said is used daily in all classrooms.

“Data boards utilizing benchmark scores and unit tests are used to visually display the progress of each child on the entire campus,” she said. “When areas of improvement are revealed, high quality intervention for individual students is delivered by experienced, successful teachers. These intervention teachers correlate their instructional delivery with the child’s classroom instruction.”

Other campuses included in the study include some in Houston, Amarillo and Austin ISDs.

“Texas has over a thousand school districts,” Pollan said. “For Pittsburg Intermediate School to receive this honor, that simply says they have reached new heights of greatness in their efforts to help all students become successful in the face of very high state standards.”



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