Malta ISD receives elite recognition

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By Allyson Pebsworth
Staff Reporter

Exciting recognition is at hand for Malta ISD; it was recently announced that the Malta School District was one of 400 Texas schools that achieved a Met Standard rating in the 2016 state accountability ratings, which is the highest offered under the state’s current accountability system.
Along with this elite status, the school also earned all applicable distinction designations becoming one of only two schools in Bowie County that was recognized with this honor, the other being Morris Elementary.
Based on performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar size, type, and demographics, these distinction designations are awarded to campuses depending on the grade level and type.
In total, there are seven potential distinction designations that can be earned; Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25% in Student Progress, Top 25% in Closing Performance Gaps, and Post-secondary Readiness.
Malta ISD scored on all the potential distinction designations except for the Academic Achievement in Social Studies. This means they earned high status on all six of the designations they are applicable for.
In a press release published by the Texas Education Agency, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath stated, “Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride in a community.” He continued, “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus.”
Brian Bobbitt, Superintendent for Malta ISD was overjoyed with the announcement and told the Tribune, “This is a great accomplishment and we are happy the accountability system recognizes the hard work our students and staff put in.”
While he understands how important the ratings are, Bobbitt also believes, “We are focused on educating the whole child. If we prepare them academically, but fail them in their physical or social development, then we aren’t doing our jobs effectively. We try to recruit and retain the best teachers around by providing them with an atmosphere in which they are allowed to take risks and be creative.”


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