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Sharyland-LogoThe Texas Education Agency announced last month that only 58 school districts in 2017, including the Sharyland Independent School District, received a “Met Standard” rating for postsecondary readiness out of over 1,200 districts in the state.


The postsecondary readiness distinction – the only distinction at the district level under the state accountability system – takes into account factors such as graduation rates, ACT/SAT participation and performance, Career and Technical Education graduates, and dual-credit course completion rates, according to the TEA website. With the “met standard” rating, the district surpassed the state’s goals in student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.


Out of the 58 schools with this distinction, only six of them (Sharyland, Edinburg Consolidated School District, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, McAllen Independent School District, Roma Independent School District, South Texas Independent School district) are from the Rio Grande Valley.


However, Sharyland is one of five districts across the state who have received this distinction for the fourth year in a row, one the district has earned for every year it has been part of the current state accountability system, according to Carla Zuazua-Garza, the district’s director of assessment, research and evaluation.


The other four districts are Carroll Independent School District, Kerrville Independent School District, Los Fresnos CISD and South Texas ISD.


All of the district’s campuses met the state standards, Zuazua-Garza said during an Aug. 28 school board meeting. For a campus to achieve this distinction, all individual campuses were compared to 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics.


Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for: academic achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, academic achievement in mathematics, academic achievement in science, academic achievement in social studies, being in the top 25 percent of student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness, Zuazua-Garza said.


According to Zuazua-Garza, four of the district’s elementary schools and both of their high schools earned all possible distinctions in the last school year.


“Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride in a community,” TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath said in a press release. “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment.”  


“Based on these result,  you can see that Sharyland ISD is a high performing district not just in South Texas but also when compared across the state” Sharyland ISD Superintendent Robert O’Connor said.  “If you compare our results with any district in the State you will see that Sharyland ISD truly stands out.”