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A Message from our Superintendent

Please read below for a message from the District's Superintendent for our GISD community, parents, faculty, and staff regarding the final academic accountability rating that was just released. 

 

 "'We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.'  A quote well stated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We have received word that the Commissioner of Education denied the appeal on behalf of the district to receive credits for missing data in coding specifically in the area of College, Career and Military Ready (CCMR). These credits would have supported a higher score on not only CCMR, but achievement and closing gaps areas effectively raising the score for high school and the ISD overall. There was a note on military documentation, and one category was reported as not having enough supporting evidence. Even with these notations, the denial was based on the stipulations of the written manual. The Commissioner upheld the accountability manual in that the appeals process of the accountability system is not the way to resolve coding errors. Although it is understood that coding accuracy is the responsibility of the district, it is hard to understand how the label of failure can be applied to the campus and district due to existing errors. We are disappointed.  At this time, we move forward in correcting our procedures to support adequate training and effective monitoring.

There is so much more to education and we are so thankful to be part of an occupation where hope for the future is the passion behind our work. As we embark on the Spring semester we continue to implement strategies proving to support improvement in strengthening foundational Reading. We embrace the partnerships of parents and community leaders working in tandem to drive our initiative of increasing literacy in Gonzales ISD and ultimately our entire community.

Gonzales ISD is an amazing school district. Our teachers are strong and put forth incredible efforts to promote continuous progress and success for students. Our students are our superstars!  We are so proud of the Apaches!

I look forward to visiting with you further in the coming December letter to the Gonzales ISD Community."