A report presented to the board of trustees Jan. 16 indicates Round Rock ISD has lower high school dropout rates and a higher percentage of students who enroll in Texas higher education institutions than the state and regional averages in 2012–13.
The Texas Academic Performance Report also revealed that RRISD met academic standards in 2012–13. The report, previously known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System, is meant to provide a snapshot of a district's academic performance and includes demographic data. The 2012–13 school year is the first that the TAPR system is used for academic measurement. TAPR includes some new academic measurement information, such as STAAR performance data and assessment of student enrollment in higher education.
In 2012–13, Round Rock ISD's dropout rate for grades 9–12 was 0.7 percent, whereas the state's rate was 2.4 percent and the region's was 1.9 percent. The report also showed that 66.7 percent of students in the district enroll in higher education institutions in Texas, compared to 57.9 percent of students in the region and 58.3 percent of students in the state.
Among other TAPR findings:
• 83 percent of RRISD's high school seniors are considered ready for college, compared to students in the region at 74 percent and the state at 69 percent.
• The district's attendance rate is also higher than state and regional schools at 96.4 percent. The state and region's attendance rates are both 95.9 percent.
• The report also shows that Round Rock ISD students have improved in college readiness since 2010.
For more information about RRISD's academic performance, view the report here.
In other district news:
• The Citizens Bond Committee is scheduled to deliver its recommendations of the district's needs to the board of trustees Feb. 12. The board will consider the information in deciding whether to call a May 2014 bond election. Information such as meeting minutes, presentations, agendas and a recap of what happened at the committee's public forum meetings can be found on the website.
Other key dates include:
Jan. 21—Citizens Bond Committee meeting. The public is welcome to attend, but not participate in the committee's meetings.
Feb. 20—The board could decide to call a May bond election at this meeting. This could be the last scheduled board meeting for the public to provide their comments regarding the bond election.
Feb. 25—This meeting is tentatively scheduled in case the board needs more time to make a decision about whether to call the bond election.
Feb. 28—Deadline for RRISD to call a May bond election.
For more information, including minutes, meeting agendas and schedules, visit the committee's website.