When the Index contacted Perrin-Whitt Consolidated ISD Superintendent John Kuhn for a few comments and thoughts on so many Texas districts and schools, including many local ones, missing the federal Adequate Yearly Progress targets, he offered some. Locally, Kuhn is in a unique situation since PWCISD made AYP, as did the high school; however, the elementary missed AYP. The Index asked Kuhn to explain to readers what this means for local and statewide schools. We also asked if the new standards were too rigorous, or , if not, was there a problem in the state’s system. Following are his responses and opinions, which are solely those of Kuhn.
By John Kuhn | Superintendent, PWCISD
This year, Perrin High School met the federal standard of Adequate Yearly Progress, but Perrin Elementary did not. Perrin Elementary had to have 87 percent of its students (and 87 percent of each subgroup of students) pass the STAAR reading test; and it had to have 83 percent of its students (and 83 percent of each subgroup) pass the STAAR math.
Well, in reading 88 percent passed; all of our subgroups met the standard too, except for one. Sadly, only 81 percent of our economically disadvantaged students passed the STAAR reading in elementary. That’s 47 out of 58 of our economically disadvantaged kids who passed. If 51 out of the 58 would have passed, we would have had an 88 percent pass rate and would have met AYP. In other words, Perrin elementary missed AYP by four students in reading.
The same scenario played out in math. The target was 83 percent, and 83 percent of our overall student population passed.
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