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AISD Receives Rankings from State


Amarillo Independent School District received their accountability ratings from the State of Texas, on Friday.

According to the rankings, Amarillo ISD met the standard set for school districts. In further rankings, AISD received a "C" for Student Achievement, a "C" for Student Progress, a "B" for Closing Performance Gaps, and an "F" for Postsecondary Readiness.

For individual school rankings, Amarillo High School received the best ranking in the district for Student Achievement, receiving a "B."  Amarillo High School also received the best ranking in AISD for Student Progress, with a "C." Caprock High School has the best ranking for Closing Performance Gaps, coming in with a "B." And for Postsecondary Readiness, Amarillo High School and Caprock both received grades of "D," while Tascosa High School and Palo Duro High School both received an "F."

School officials from across the state have been pushing back against the rankings. Amarillo ISD Superintendent Dana West recorded a video, in 2016, titled "More Than a Grade," in which she spoke of her opposition to the rankings.

"In AISD, we are very much about the growth mindset." West said in the video, "Growth mindset knows that there's a point in time where you check your data, but you don't think of yourself as 'I'm a C student' or 'I'm a D student' or even 'I'm an A student.' Growth mindset is all about getting better."

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