On the heels of Brownwood ISD’s recently C grade by the Texas Education Agency, BISD Superintendent Joe Young announced the district’s new push for accountability, especially to the parents of the students it serves.
Although critical of how the TEA came up with its overall grades, Young announced the school district recently launched a new accountability page on its website, which he said gives parents an unfiltered, but more accurate, depiction of student life on campus and where the district needs to make improvements.
“We’re not happy with a C. That’s not acceptable for us,” Young said. “We’re not proud of that … We’re going to try to make ourselves better from what we are right now. Yes, a C is not good. We’re not happy with that. To lump all of those things together is a disservice to our teachers, who work hard every day. It’s a slap in the face for the 172 days that they work to say that doesn’t really matter.”
Echoing similar sentiments espoused by Early ISD Superintendent Wes Beck, Young said the basis for the TEA score came from one day of observation by TEA officials and did not reflect the entirety of what a school district does. Although publishing its own statistics may have whiffs of government propaganda, Young said the information gleamed by visiting www.brownwoodisd.org/campusprofiles in some instances is more damning than the report recently issued by the TEA.
“Accountability is not a bad word for me and it’s not a bad word for our district, we’re OK with that,” Young said. “We also think that it’s important that the community and people who send their kids to our school have that data that they really care about … You will be able to see what is really going on in our school besides that one day of the week. If you were to really dissect our district, I can tell you there are some areas where you would give us an F. We would give ourselves an F because we are not living up to our standards.”
Young said by establishing campus profiles, and giving parents an idea on the status of their child’s education, the parents can be a part of improving their district and tailoring it to fit the community it serves.
“We think we have a lot of areas where we get an A,” Young said. “Do we have one area where we get an average grade that we think we need to work on? Absolutely. Are we going to let that define us and we’re going to do everything to try and get that grade up? Well, you’re going to decide that. You’re going to decide that as a community. When you look at those profiles, and we keep you fully informed of what we’re doing in our district, you tell us if that’s OK. Do you want us to make adjustments? What do you want us to focus on?”