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MISD reviews district, campus improvement plans

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MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD school board members heard the 2019-20 district and campus improvement plans, which were presented during their Nov. 18 meeting.
Across the district, the plan identified academic growth as a strength from the 2018-19 school year, and looks to increase 2019-20 state test scores across all campuses and student subpopulations. This year’s district plan also seeks to continue providing instructional staff development and training that supports digital learning, and wants to further increase technology by providing student computers “for improved learning and differentiation for intervention and enrichment.”
Malakoff High School has identified 2018-19 growth areas of campus safety, career and technical education (CTE) resources and preparation, continued growth in English and Algebra, as well as addressing repeat failures of end-of-course (EOC) tests. The high school wants to keep progressing in those areas by “building better kids,” said Principal Bill Morgan.
In 2019-20, Malakoff Middle School plans to keep targeting growth in every area for each student, as well as monitor students who are at or near the “meets” percentage on state tests (the levels are approaches, meets and masters), in an effort to increase numbers for that particular indicator.
Malakoff Elementary showed 2018-19 growth in fourth-grade writing and a re-emphasis on student growth with closing the gaps in subpopulations with white and economically disadvantaged students, as well as increasing technology.
For 2019-20, Malakoff Elementary plans for its students to “continue to outperform the state average in met and mastery standards” and to “continue to learn in a safe and positive environment conducive to instruction.”
Also for 2019-20, Tool Elementary plans to maintain performance levels between grades 3 and 4 along with grades 4 and 5, in both reading and math. Tool Elementary also wants to introduce online assignments and tests to prepare its students for online testing, which the plan states is coming in the next few years.
In other MISD action, trustees also voted to seek a class-size waiver from the Texas Education Agency for Tool Elementary’s kindergarten level, which is currently under mandate to have a 22:1 student/teacher ratio.