The District followed the general nationwide trend of seeing some signs of overall learning loss between its 2019 and 2021 results, likely due to the full absence from organized in-school learning for the last 90 days of the 2019 school year. However, compared to many other districts across the state, Lumberton ISD students performed at extremely high levels. Although STAAR is only one of many factors used to judge the success of a District, it is a steady indicator of student academic growth and it helps determine areas of focus for the coming year.
When asked how the District students performed so well on these assessments compared to Region 5 and the entire State, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Learning, Dr. Igor Gusyakov stated “This success is a collective effort of the whole district and every single employee. First and foremost, however, credit for our students’ high achievement goes to our teachers, their positive attitude, their willingness to adjust and adapt, their dedication to our students, and to the teaching profession as a whole. Despite all the challenges that came with the pandemic, as a District we managed to stay open all year to ensure uninterrupted high quality instruction, both face-to-face and online. Our curriculum coordinators, technology specialists, and directors ensured that our teachers received all the support and resources they could possibly need in order to efficiently teach and take care of the wellbeing of our students. We saw this challenge not as a setback, but as an opportunity to improve and to grow as professionals. As a result of this hard work, the negative impact of the 2020 Spring shutdown was minimized and our students demonstrated excellent results on standardized testing. We look forward to building upon this success next year to close the learning gaps that still may have occurred. In the end, however, it’s not about the scores, but about building an inclusive culture of excellence among our students and staff.”
As the district moves forward into the 2021-2022 school year, a plan has been put in place to address priority standards and close gaps that have occurred over the pandemic year. The District is also increasing its focus on developing Professional Learning Communities on each campus, increasing the Rigor, Relevance, and Learner Engagement in planned lessons, and ensuring the effective delivery of high-quality instruction to every student. We look forward to our students returning in August and are very optimistic about the upcoming school year. To view our scores by subject, please visit https://tinyurl.com/2x572ezk