Woodsboro meets standards at elementary, high school

Knowing where the chips would fall was worrisome for Woodsboro school district Superintendent Steven Self, but when they fell, he was happy.

The district met standards on the Texas Education Agency's accountability ratings released Thursday.

As a whole, the district - comprised of a junior high/high school and elementary school - surpassed the state standard in four indices: student achievement, student progress, closing the performance gap and post-secondary readiness.

For Self, the index he was most worried about was closing the performance gaps because that is hard to measure, he said.

"We're happy we met standards," he said. "I think it's more fair to school districts. I have no idea how many districts met and did not meet the standard. I was really concerned about us."

Self was proud that subgroups did not weigh heavily on how a district of campus did overall. This, he said, makes for a better system in ranking districts.

In the coming year, Self said the teachers will work toward bettering the writing portion of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam. As a state, most campuses struggled to pass the writing portion, including the Woodsboro schools.

Self believes though harder, the test better prepares students for college.

Under older standardized examinations, students consistently met standard on the writing portion, but under the new exam, they don't, so work needs to be done to prepare for the future, he said.

"I'm just very happy, and I think things are overall pretty good," he said. "We need to just gear our instruction more toward real-world needs."