By Mary Alys Cherry
Clear Creek ISD’s success has not gone unnoticed, Superintendent Greg Smith said in his State of the District address.
In fact, it has an opportunity to make a difference. It is among 23 school districts selected to participate in the High Performance Schools Consortium, which will work with the legislators and the Texas Education Agency to develop new learning standards, assessments and accountability systems.
Dr. Smith said CCISD is “thrilled to join 22 other high performing school districts in developing and piloting a more meaningful approach to assessments and accountability.
“We need our children to be innovators, problem solvers and self-directed learners – yet more than 20 percent of the academic calendar is spent on state-required testing. This doesn’t take into account SAT, ACT, or AP testing, the true measure of college potential,” Smith told the crowd, explaining how CCISD had teamed up with other districts to oppose the current assessment system by joining in a lawsuit.
Schools that will be directly involved in the process are Clear Horizons Early College High School; Clear Springs High; Clear View Education Center; Creekside Intermediate; Westbrook Intermediate; North Pointe Elementary; and Stewart Elementary.