Your weekly look at Fort Worth schools
Happy Tuesday from the Fort Worth Report, and welcome to the School Report! This is your weekly newsletter of education news you can use. We will be in your inbox every Tuesday morning. From the Fort Worth ISD school board meeting to school and district ratings, here’s what you need to know about your schools.
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Fort Worth ISD trustees meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Teaching & Learning Center, 1050 Bridgewood Drive. Here is what you need to know:
- Trustees could name their lone finalist for superintendent and name an interim superintendent.
- High-impact tutoring could soon be rolled out to third- to fifth-graders who failed the STAAR tests for reading and math. Trustees will consider using $5.6 million in federal stimulus funds to help schools outsource tutoring services.
- Two new literacy programs to help students read at their grade level will be considered. One program is expected to cost $1.25 million, and the other has a $322,460 price tag.
ICYMI: Fort Worth ISD is now a B-rated school district. Kristen explained what that means.
- The state paused accountability ratings during the pandemic. The last time Fort Worth ISD received a rating, it was a C and the score was 79.
- This year, Fort Worth ISD increased to an 81.
- The Texas Education Agency looks at three main areas when rating schools, but school progress is what pushed Fort Worth ISD into its B-rating.
- The measure looks at how schools perform compared to other campuses with similar economically disadvantaged populations. This means low-income student performance likely helped the district improve its rating.
Fort Worth ISD could sell some properties and consolidate schools in the future. What does this mean? As Jacob reported, that means your students could have to move to a new campus in a few years.
- Why is this happening? The superintendent pointed to enrollment decline for “right sizing” the district.
- The moves should save more than $7 million annually — and grow if the next superintendent and school board agree to sell properties, such as Farrington Field, and move schools into new buildings.
- One more thing: Central Administration is moving 6.5 miles from University Drive to Camp Bowie Boulevard in west Fort Worth. The revamped building opens in fall 2023.
Trinity Basin Preparatory opened a new school in Fort Worth called the Bolt Campus.
- The school serves fifth- through eighth-grade students, and can accept up to 576 students.
- The Fort Worth campus still is accepting students.
- Some of the services the campus provides, with the help of nonprofit partners, includes free after-school programming, music education and athletic opportunities.
Fort Worth ISD is stressing that attendance matters for your students. Here’s why that’s important.
- Missing a school day means a lost opportunity to learn — and possibly lower grades. But it also means losing out on your student building a relationship with their teacher and classmates.
- There is another reason: state funding. Schools receive funding based on the average daily attendance of students. Missing a significant number of school days could add up to fewer dollars going to your school.
Off campus: Dates to know
Here’s what’s coming up in Fort Worth and Tarrant County:
- 5:30 p.m. today: The Fort Worth ISD school board meets for its regular meeting at the Teaching & Learning Center, 1050 Bridgewood Drive, Fort Worth.
- Aug. 25: Crowley ISD and Birdville ISD school board meetings
- Aug. 29: Carroll ISD school board meeting.
- Sept. 1: Arlington ISD school board meeting.
- Sept. 2: No school. Fort Worth ISD has a staff day so students do not need to go to class.
- Sept. 5: Labor Day. No school.
- Sept. 10: First day of Saturday school in Fort Worth ISD.
- Sept. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month begins and runs through Oct. 15
- Sept. 19: Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD and Lake Worth ISD school board meetings.
- Sept. 23: End of first six weeks of school.
Always check your specific school for the official calendar in case of late scheduling changes.