• The Texas Education Agency describes its Lone Star Governance initiative as "a continuous improvement model for governing teams (boards in collaboration with their superintendents) that choose to intensively focus on one primary objective: Improving Student Outcomes." The agency hosts more detailed information about the model on its website at https://tea.texas.gov/lsg/.

    Adoption of the Lone Star Governance model begins with a two-day workshop where trustees and the superintendent focus on practices that improve student outcomes and begin to identify student outcome goals to guide their work. For Waco ISD, this initial conversation took place in November 2016.

    The Waco ISD Board of Trustees has adopted three such goals with a series of goal progress measures to track the progress toward each each goal.

     

    Goal 1:  Increase the percentage of third grade students reading on grade level as measured by STAAR from 54% to 83% by 2020.

    Goal Progress Measure 1: Increase the percentage of kindergarten students reading on or above grade level as measured by the Measures of Academic Progress from 45% to 65% by 2020. Annual growth in kindergarten:

    45% in 2017 (actual 48%)

    55% in 2018 (actual 48%)

    60% in 2019

    65% in 2020

    Goal Progress Measure 2: Increase the percentage of first grade students reading on or above grade level as measured by the Measures of Academic Progress from 45% to 70% by 2020. Annual growth in first grade:

    50% in 2017 (actual 44%)

    60% in 2018 (actual 47%)

    61% in 2019

    70% in 2020

    Goal Progress Measure 3: Increase the percentage of second grade students reading on or above grade level as measured by the Measures of Academic Progress from 60% to 75% by 2020. Annual growth in second grade:

    60% in 2017 (actual 55%)

    70% in 2018 (actual 50%)

    71% in 2019

    75% in 2020

     

    Goal 2: Increase the percent of graduates displaying college readiness by earning at least 12 hours of post-secondary credit from 5.9% to 20% by 2020.

    Goal Progress Measure 1: Increase the percentage of students passing an AP exam from 28.1% in 2015-2016 to 40% by 2020.

    31% in 2017 (actual 26.4%)

    34% in 2018 (actual 26.2%)

    37% in 2019

    40% in 2020

    Goal Progress Measure 2: Increase the percentage of students completing a dual credit math course, English course, or nine hours of academic dual credit courses in any subject from 15.7% to 28% by 2020.

    15.7% in 2017 (actual 15.7%)

    19% in 2018

    23% in 2019

    28% in 2020

    Goal Progress Measure 3: Increase the percentage of students completing nine hours of a combination of technical and academic dual credit courses from 1.8% to 7% by 2020.

    1.8% in 2017 (actual 1.8%)

    3.5% in 2018

    5.1% in 2019

    7% in 2020

     

    Goal 3: Increase the percentage of graduates earning career readiness as identified by the CCMR criteria from 12.9% to 20% by 2020.

    Goal Progress Measure 1: Increase the number of students participating in the Waco ISD CTE/Prosper Waco Internship program from 25 in 2016-2017 to 100 in 2020.

    25 in 2017 (actual 25)

    50 in 2018 (actual 50)

    90 in 2019

    100 in 2020

    Goal Progress Measure 2: Increase the percentage of graduates earning a recognized industry certification from 6.2% in 2016-2017 to 20% by 2020.

    6.2% in 2017 (actual 6.2%)

    10% in 2018

    15% in 2019

    20% in 2020

    Goal Progress Measure 3: Increase the percentage of graduates completing an advanced practicum course from 14.1% in 2016-2017 to 20% by 2020.

    14.1% in 2017 (actual 14.1%)

    16% in 2018

    18% in 2019

    20% in 2020

     

    The board receives regular updates on each goal and goal prgress measure. The calendar for those checkpoints is available here.