MARSHALL, Texas – The Marshall ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the submission of campus turnaround plans for David Crockett Elementary and George Washington Carver Elementary to the Texas Education Agency during Monday’s regular March meeting in the Pat Smith Gasperson Board Room.
The Texas Education Agency has identified both Crockett and Carver as “turnaround” campuses based on student achievement levels below what is considered acceptable by state standards. TEA has rated both campuses as Improvement Required during the annual school accountability ratings for two or more consecutive years, which prompt the turnaround plan requirement.
Following Monday’s approval by the local school board, the plans will now be sent to TEA for final approval. If approved by the TEA, the plans will be implemented starting with the 2017-2018 school year.
“These campuses were required to create a turnaround plan listing actions that would take place to improve student achievement,” said Anika Perkins, MISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “Parents, staff and community members were asked to provide suggestions as to what they believed should be included in the plan. Surveys were posted on the district’s website to collect feedback. After drafts of the turnaround plans were created, the plans were posted on the district’s website to receive feedback on the drafts before the plans were finalized.”
According to the TEA website, after a campus has been identified as unacceptable for two consecutive years, “the campus must develop and submit to the agency a turnaround plan explaining the campus’ systemic approach to producing significant and sustainable gains in achievement and a Met Standard rating within two years. Campuses not meeting this standard in two years are subject to further sanctions, including campus closure or placement of a board of managers over the district.”
Crockett Elementary has been rated Improvement Required in three of the last four years, including the last two years.
Carver has been rated Improvement Required in the last two years.
The details and initiatives of both approved campus turnaround plans are available for viewing on the MISD website at www.marshallisd.com, under Public Notices.