All CCISD campuses ‘met standard’; HJM Elementary earns all eligible distinction designations

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All CCISD campuses ‘met standard’; HJM Elementary earns all eligible distinction designations
Posted on 08/21/2017

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released its 2017 Accountability Ratings and Calhoun County ISD is pleased to announce that every campus in the district “met standard.”

Accountability ratings are based on targets set by the state and measured by student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

Targeted indexes include the areas of student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness.

Out of Calhoun County ISD’s seven campuses, six were eligible to receive “Distinction Designations” for their performance in certain areas. Five campuses received one or more Distinction Designation. HJM Elementary earned special recognition for achieving all six Distinction Designations that their campus was eligible to receive. HJM Elementary is one of only 400 schools in the state to achieve this level of recognition this year.

“I’m proud of the effort and enthusiasm that our staff and students put into their instruction and learning this year,” said Dr. James Cowley, Superintendent of Schools. “After reviewing this year’s STAAR scores, it is clear to me that teachers and students are working hard and making great progress. Moving forward, Calhoun County ISD remains committed to improving student achievement and supporting best instructional practices.”

In terms of STAAR results from the 2016-17 school year, Calhoun County ISD is proud to share the following highlights. Travis Middle School 8th grade history and science made significant gains. JR Elementary had significant success in their targeted intervention plan and increased scores in multiple areas. The Biology End of Course (EOC) Masters Grade Level/Advanced Grade Level doubled over the previous year.

Areas that the district will continue working to improve include English Language Arts (ELA) reading and comprehension. Also the district will continue to build upon the momentum that occurred this past year in 8th grade social studies.

Results from the 2017 STAAR end of course exams are available through the Student Assessment Data Portal on the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) website:

Parents are encouraged to “log in; learn more” at a newly-revamped website ( to see even more student-specific information.

Calhoun County ISD serves approximately 4,000 students.