It has been a month since school and district administrators with Wharton Independent School District spoke to the Board of Trustees regarding the Texas Education Agency’s A-F Ratings.

For good measure, Wharton ISD’s Vision Statement and Mission Statement were stated aloud as a reminder of what direction all those involved must strive for.

“Wharton ISD prepares today for a competitive tomorrow,” reads the Vision Statement.

“Wharton ISD will provide exceptional instruction to every student, every day, with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride,” reads the Mission Statement.

This reminder was tied to the 2019 Accountability Ratings for Wharton ISD, which many in the special meeting on Sept. 10 agreed could be improved.

Trustees heard from principals from the two elementary schools, the junior high school and high school, including WISD administrators like Superintendent Tina Herrington.

A month before on Aug. 15, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) publicly released the ratings of all school districts on its public website.

Wharton ISD received an overall score of 77 (C rating).

Trustees were told that this year, campuses also received individual ratings.

They were as follows:

Wharton High School 75 (C rating); Wharton Junior High School 87 (B rating) with one distinction for comparative academic growth; and Wharton Elementary School 52 (F rating). Sivells Elementary School, which does not have accountability measures due to the grade configuration of the campus, also received an F rating because it is paired with Wharton ES.

Trustees were told that students who were administered these tests occurred during the 2018-19 school year, many who were still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Some, as a result of their conditions living at home, could also be considered economically disadvantaged, which trustees heard is not taken into account in the TEA test results. 

Regardless, the students’ test scores were released a year later.

EDITOR'S NOTE: To view ratings, pick up the Oct. 26 edition of the WJ-S.

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