August 16, 2018
Chilton I.S.D. statement regarding district accountability results.
As you all may know, accountability ratings were released to the public. The Chilton ISD received a rating of Met Standard with a scaled score of 84 (B). As a district with 87% of students classified as Economically Disadvantaged, we applaud the dedication of our teachers, staff members, administration, board members, and parents to achieve this designation. More importantly, it is my desire that this initial success fans a flame within each of us to pursue excellence as the standard for our students and community.
Furthermore, Chilton I.S.D. has a long-standing tradition of excellence. Whereas we applaud the efforts of our legislatures and commissioner to simplify and improve the accountability system, we cannot and will not reduce the amazing work in Chilton I.S.D. to a single letter grade. In addition, we believe that our students are more than the results of a single-test administered once per year. In Chilton I.S.D. we focus on providing each student a well-rounded experience that entails Core Academic Learning, Experiential Learning, Personal Skill Development, and Community Engagement.
Because our focus is continuous improvement, the administration has begun analyzing and disaggregating 2018 Accountability data in order to determine areas of strength and weakness. We have continued our relationship with the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) at the University of Texas-Austin for on-going, research-based professional development, began a partnership with the AVID Center to ensure high-level and engaging instruction, and partnered with 7 Mindsets to ensure that our students develop the resiliency and grit necessary for post-secondary success.
Our theme for the 2018-2019 will be Challenge.Support.Grow. To challenge students and faculty without relational support is futile and leads to irreparable frustration. Too much support without meaningful challenge limits personal and corporate accountability. However, being challenged AND supported leads to sustained organizational growth. In planning for the 2018-2019 school year, we are designing and implementing systems and processes that will challenge and support students and staff. A commitment to the process means to focus on who we are becoming as an organization, as opposed to short-term outcomes only. The late Dr. Myles Monroe stated that “vision is the capacity to see further than your eyes can look.” “True progress never fights the existing reality. True progress builds new models to make the old ones obsolete.” Chilton I.S.D. is shifting the paradigm in small, rural education.
Per Aspera Ad Astra,
Brandon K. Hubbard, Superintendent of Schools