Sweetwater High rated Academically Unacceptable

July 30, 2011

The Texas Education Agency released school accountability ratings for 2011.
Highland School received the highest rating in Nolan County, receiving an Exemplary rating. Blackwell School received an Academically Acceptable rating and Roscoe Collegiate High School received a Recognized rating. Roscoe Elementary was Academically Acceptable and Hobbs Alternative Education Co-op received an AEA (Alternative Education Accountability) Academically Acceptable rating.
Sweetwater High School was the lowest rated school in Nolan County, receiving an Academically Unacceptable rating. Sweetwater Middle School was rated Academically Acceptable while East Ridge Elementary, Southeast Elementary and Sweetwater Intermediate School were all received a Recognized rating. J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center was not rated.
Kathy Smartt stated, “Accountability is essential for maintaining the high level of academic standard in Texas. However, it is very discouraging when the announced rating does not truly depict the hard work and accomplishments of the students, parents and teachers.”
It is possible for a campus and a district to perform even better than last year yet the overall rating to be one or two standards lower. TAKS Testing scores are evaluated overall and also in subgroup categories based on ethnicity, economic disadvantages and students who are academically at risk. So, a campus could perform exceptionally well but be rated according to the performance of one small subgroup.
Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Mr. Terry Pittman compares this system of evaluation to a college student making all A’s through college and maintaining a 4.0 grade level. However, if that student made one C during the college career that student would be rated a C student. Instead of the C being averaged among all the other A’s, the student is rated at the lowest score.

Comments

Absolutely Pityful.

November 11, 2011 by confirmed realist (not verified), 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 331

Perhaps Terry Pittman need to be more worried about his "Failure" at the high school and less worried about who is taking pictures on the sidelines for the Sweetwater Reporter.

Sweetwater High School

August 23, 2011 by Benchpress (not verified), 2 years 51 weeks ago
Comment: 218

After reading your article on Sweetwater High School

As a 1975 graduate of S.H.S., the problems facing the school seem to have not changed much . I can easily believe that the elementary schools ranked far better than S.H.S. I went to East Ridge Elem. and had no real problems with the way the teachers or administrators did things. The education at the elementary and jr. high level seemed good or at least adequate. High School is another issue, however.
The biggest problems that I remember most about S.H.S. and living in Sweetwater in general, (as I did for about 12 years) was that (a) there was too much of a virtual worship and overemphasis of football , its almost a cult like religion. People that move away from Sweetwater always mention this.
You can be a great weightlifter, bullrider, martial artist or , whatever but in Sweetwater, the impression you come away with is, if it isn't football it doesn't count.
(b)
Sadly, at least when I went there to SHS they had wayyyyy too many smart aleck punk types that were out of control far more per capita than any place I have lived in since.
Just speaking the truth on that one. I hate to say that, since SHS was my High School.
(c) that students were not ready for college. S.H.S. to its credit, at least back then, did have a very good Science Dept. However, English was a real problem, as I knew many that flunked out.

75? Worried about football?

November 11, 2011 by confirmed realist (not verified), 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 332

Isn't that the year that the Mustangs were 0-10? Doesn't seem like they were all consumed by football. Just sayin!

Sweetwater High

August 3, 2011 by pete ortega (not verified), 3 years 2 weeks ago
Comment: 203

I couldn't agree more with "Sweetwater High's" comments. Maybe our administration should watch "waiting for superman".

Sweetwater High

July 31, 2011 by alvab (not verified), 3 years 2 weeks ago
Comment: 200

He is making excuses instead of a commitment to find out where the failures are and improving them. People tend to raise to the levels of expectations and he has comunicated his. Sweetwater should began looking for someone with the interest of the students and that gets results. Parents should demand that he does his job or replace him.

SISD Superintendent

August 4, 2011 by ramsisdex (not verified), 3 years 2 weeks ago
Comment: 206

"You could be a near perfect student, but still get held down because you don't wear chaptsick." This is the name of the game in Sweetwater Texas! It's all about who you know and how much chapstick you are willing to use. Obviously "who you are" does not apply here. Just look at some of Sweetwater's "successful citizens" and you wonder, "How in the world did they get the position/job?" CHAPSTICK.
I am so glad my children left this town and that none of my grandchildren will ever attend Sweetwater schools!

Really... You're being serious?

July 31, 2011 by Skcus_Retaws (not verified), 3 years 3 weeks ago
Comment: 199

"...if that student made one C during the college career that student would be rated a C student. Instead of the C being averaged among all the other A’s, the student is rated at the lowest score. "

How did he manage say this with a straight face? Anyone that's been through college and managed to stay half-sober through it all can tell you straight up this is not true. I've been through two colleges, and received a degree from both with a GPA of 3.7 and 3.4 respectively. I made TWO C's during the latter period. Guess I was one of dem der C students. Sounds like denial of facts to me.

"...it is very discouraging when the announced rating does not truly depict the hard work and accomplishments of the students, parents and teachers."

It is discouraging and flat out sad. I don't know why this surprises anyone, I went through the school, I know how it works. If you're not with the "In" crowd, you're out, it's that simple. You could be a near perfect student, but still get held down because you don't wear chaptsick.

Another factor that contributed to this mess is the lack of discipline from all parties involved, faculty and students alike. When neither really cares about the education itself, this happens. Each generation the enters the system is worse than before. This is due to the lack of values being taught at home. This in turn affects how faculty treats students over a period of time. After years of putting up with students/parents that just don't care, would you feel like you made a difference?

When the students learn good values from parents and keep that with them in life, this affects those around them in a positive way, resulting in a system that works.

Take a good look at the state of the country/world these days and decide for yourself what's wrong.

No Learning School

July 31, 2011 by pmaxy12 (not verified), 3 years 3 weeks ago
Comment: 198

No big surprise with the current administration.

Yep

July 30, 2011 by SWTguy (not verified), 3 years 3 weeks ago
Comment: 197

This is what happens when you have a central administration that gets rid of good teachers; principals and assistant principals that are so lax in their disciplin;, and parents who try to be friends with their kids rather than being a parent. This is not surprising at all and is the reason my kids attend Highland School. The corruption in SISD is completely ridiculous. Time for a change? I think so!

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