Quitman ISD just misses an “A” state rating
By ZAK WELLERMAN
QISD received 89 out of 100 and a grade of B this year. The district increased by six points from last year.
In student achievement, QISD scored 89 for a B. In school progress, the district earned a 90 for an A. In the closing the gaps section, Quitman received an 87 for a B.
Superintendent Rhonda Turner attributes the report card improvements to bettering the instructional process and educating students individually.
“I am pleased with the progress that the district made in each of the three domains resulting in our score of 89. Quitman ISD has had two main initiatives driving our direction; however, neither of them are a focus on testing. First, a greater emphasis on coaching the instructional process in the classroom, and second, reaching every student at every opportunity every single day,” Turner said. “Our mission, ‘Educating Every Child...Every Chance...Every Day,’ has really become our battle cry.”
In order to teach each student effectively, the district has chosen to utilize educational opportunities within the Quitman community, such as local medical facilities, Turner added.
“For example, we do not have a Health Science building, but we have a remarkable program. Our students are receiving quality instruction in the classroom and participating in rotations, and real life experiences at UT (Health Quitman) Hospital, local clinics, pharmacies, and our local veterinarian clinic,” she said. “We will continue to focus on quality instruction in the classroom and meeting the needs of our students as we enter into 2019-2020.”
For campus scores, Quitman Elementary and Junior High both received an 80 and a B grade. Quitman High School received an 87 for a B grade.
QES earned a distinction for post-secondary readiness. QJH earned a distinction in academic achievement in science. QHS earned distinctions in academic achievement for science, math and English/language arts and the top 25 % comparative closing the gaps achievement.