How does a Midland school rated "Unacceptable" by the TEA, regain its standing and climb back up to "Acceptable" status, and beyond?
Is it possible that, beside the programs and the projects, besides the teachers and the administrators, the kids themselves may also be part of the solution?
In particular, I'm talking about Midland Freshman High School, where the current class of students has more than a little experience with reversing bad ratings from the state, and achieving top marks from same.
Among them are students from San Jacinto Junior High School, an "Unacceptable" campus the year before, that has since moved up. The year before that, the state ruled Goddard Junior High "Unacceptable," but that was turned around as well, due in part to the achievement of students who now attend Midland Freshman.
And how about the other end of the spectrum? Midland's last "Exemplary" campus was Washington Math/Science Magnet, where the exemplary Mr. Baeza is principal. Some of those students are now at Midland Freshman. Also at MFHS are students from Midland's previous "Exemplary" campus, Fannin Elementary School, where the exemplary Mr. Van Stavern (now retired) was principal.
You even have students at Midland Freshman, now, who helped one campus achieve "Exemplary" status, then later helped another campus climb out of "Unacceptable" status.
So, this year, Midland Freshman now has students - both campus-wide, and in the various sub-groups - whose achievement on those all-too-important (to me, at least) TAKS tests, and other benchmarks, helped our campuses reach the TEA's highest rankings, and helped other campuses move up from the lower rankings. Granted, this is only part of the solution for MFHS ... but it's one that doesn't come up often in discussion of the problem.