Lake Travis Independent School District is one of 23 districts that has been invited to join the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, announced Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams.
According to Mr. Williams, the consortium will help develop innovative, next-generation learning standards, assessments and accountability systems.
“The school districts selected to participate in the consortium are already known for their innovative work and are looked to by many as educational leaders,” said Mr. Williams. “This exciting project will help the Governor, legislative leaders and the Texas Education Agency craft a sound, well-thought out plan to move all Texas schools to the next performance level.”
“This gives us an important seat at the table,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, LTISD superintendent. “We are excited about the opportunities this initiative will present for our students, teachers, and parents as we work with our education commissioner to improve public education for all students. To be selected for membership in the consortium from the more than 1,000 school districts across the state is quite an honor.”
The consortium will make recommendations in four key areas:
1. Digital learning—Engagement of students in digital learning, including the use of electronic textbooks and instructional materials and courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network;
2. Learning standards—Standards that a student must master to be successful in a competitive postsecondary environment;
3. Multiple assessments—Various methods of measuring student progress to keep students, parents and schools informed, and the actions consortium participants are taking to improve learning; and
4. Local control—Ways in which reliance on local input and decision-making enable communities and parents to be involved in the important decisions regarding the education of their children.
Districts submitted an application and went through a rigorous selection process to become part of the consortium. To be eligible to participate, a district or charter must have:
1. Received either national, statewide, or regional public acknowledgement for district-wide or campus-wide excellence in academic performance or innovative practice;
2. Supplied proof of compliance with TEA audit requirements; and
3. Met performance ratings requirements: only districts and campuses that have received Academically Acceptable, Recognized, or Exemplary ratings and open enrollment charter schools that are rated Exemplary in the 2010-2011 state accountability system are eligible.
In selecting the participants, state law required the Commissioner to create a consortium that reflected the state’s diversity in district size and type, as well as student demographics.
In addition to Lake Travis ISD, other districts invited to participate in the consortium include the following:
♣ Anderson-Shiro Consolidated ISD
♣ Clear Creek ISD
♣ College Station ISD
♣ Coppell ISD
♣ Duncanville ISD
♣ Eanes ISD
♣ Glen Rose ISD
♣ Guthrie Common
♣ Harlingen CISD
♣ Highland Park ISD (Dallas County)
♣ Irving ISD
♣ Klein ISD
♣ Lancaster ISD
♣ Lewisville ISD
♣ McAllen ISD
♣ McKinney ISD
♣ Northwest ISD
♣ Prosper ISD
♣ Richardson ISD
♣ Roscoe ISD
♣ Round Rock ISD
♣ White Oak ISD
The Texas Education Agency will host the first consortium meeting next month.