The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has a wealth of information on its website concerning school ratings and test scores from school districts throughout our state. We have included the information that relates to Claude ISD below:
Chapter 313 Agreements
Transition and Employment Guide
Borger ISD Special Education Notifications
Federal Report Cards
Texas Education Code requires that districts provide Notice of Performance to the public.
To summarize, these are the reports that need to be posted on your website as of the beginning of the 2016-17 school year:
Districts are encouraged to update their website with the 2015-16 TAPR and the 2015-16 SRC as soon as they become available.
Notice in Student Grade Report
CLAUDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
District of Innovation Plan
District of Innovation Plan Committee Members
House Bill 1842, passed the 84th Texas Legislature, during Regular Session 2015, permits eligible Texas public school districts to become Districts of Innovation and to obtain exemption from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code. In accordance with 19 TAC § 102.1303 On January 18, 2017, the Claude Independent School District’s Board of Trustees (to be known as “Board”) passed a Resolution to Initiate the Process of Designation as a District of Innovation in order to increase local control over District operations and to support innovation and local initiatives to improve educational outcomes for the benefit of students and the community.
On January 18, 2017, the Board appointed the members of the Districtwide Educational Improvement Committee as the District of Innovation Plan Committee (“Committee”) comprised of district administrators, teachers, parents. The Committee met on January 25, 2017 to discuss and draft this District of Innovation Plan (“Plan”).
The term of this Plan is for five years, beginning April 1, 2017, and ending December 31, 2021, unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board in accordance with TEC §12A.006 and §12A.008. The Committee will annually monitor the effectiveness of the Plan and recommend to the Board any suggested modification to the Plan on or before August 1st of each year of implementation. Following adoption by the Board of Trustees, the Claude ISD District of Innovation Plan for District of Innovation designation will be reported to the Texas Education Agency.
The district proposes flexibility in the following areas:
(TEC §21.003) (DBA LEGAL) (DBA LOCAL)
Texas Education Code Section §21.003 (a) states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate of permit issued as provided by Subchapter B. In the event a district cannot locate a certified teacher for a position or a teacher is teaching a subject outside of their certification, the district must request emergency certification form the Texas Education Agency and/or State Board of Educator Certification.
The current certification requirements inhibit the District’s ability to hire professionals with industry experience to teach Career and Technical Education (CATE) and Science, Math, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM), Foreign Language, History, and English Language Arts courses. The District would also like to honor candidates with Bachelor's degrees and certifications from bordering states as fully certified teachers eligible for a Texas Probationary teaching contract in our District and remain eligible for the period of time outlined in District policy DCA (LEGAL) for Probationary Certificate. This provision would mirror the DCA (LEGAL) policy term of one year with the District’s option to extend two additional years.
To allow flexibility for hiring certified personnel, Claude ISD will
(TEC §25.0811) (TEC §25.0812) ( EB LEGAL)
Texas Education Code §25.0811 states that a school district may not begin student instruction before the 4th Monday of August. Texas Education Code §25.0812 states that a school district may not schedule the last day of school for students for a school year before May 15th.
House Bill 2610 signed into law during the Regular Session of the 84th Legislature in 2015 permits school districts to operate a full school year as defined by 75,600 minutes. Section §25.081 (e) of the bill defines a full instructional day as 420 total minutes.
Districts are no longer afforded the flexibility through a waiver to alter the start and end dates of the school calendar. School districts are not afforded the flexibility intended in HB 2610 to bank minutes of instruction to be used when an emergency, bad weather, and half day events are needed within the district’s regular approved calendar. It is the intent of Claude ISD to build and operate a calendar that best serves the instructional needs of our students and meets the needs of our community. This flexibility will allow the district to evaluate these needs annually and make the best decision for the well being of our students and community.
To allow for the flexibility in the calendar start and end dates and to use the minutes earned within the district with flexibility, Claude ISD will:
Class Size Waiver
(EEB Legal) (Ed. Code 25.111) (Ed. Code 25.112) (Ed. Code 25.113)
Kindergarten – 4th grade classes are to be kept at a 22 student to 1 teacher ratio according to state law. When a class exceeds this limit, the district must complete a waiver with the Texas Education Agency.
Along with the waiver, it is required that a letter is sent home to each parent in the section that exceeds the 22:1 ratio, informing them the waiver has been submitted.
Contract Service Days (TEC §21.401)
(TEC §21.401 (b) states that an educator under a 10-month contract must provide 187 days of service)
With the passage of §25.081 which changed the required days of instruction to minutes the law did not address contract days for 10-month contract employees. The determination of how many days are required to fulfill an employee's contract should be a local decision, given the district does not reduce the annual pay of the employee’s contract.
Teacher Contract Days
(DCB Legal) (DCB Local)
Current education law in Chapter 21 defines a teacher contract as a 10-month contract equivalent to 187 days. The plan would reduce teacher contract days from 187 to a decreased length with no effect on teacher salaries allowing flexibility in the contractual days for certified personnel and to attempt to better align the teacher days to the 75,600 minutes required of the students, Claude ISD will:
This Innovation Plan is designed to create parameters within which the District will operate, in order to provide additional student opportunities for academic success. Specific implementation plans will be developed by the appropriate campus leaders and grade level teacher leaders. Adjustments to Board Policy will be researched and adopted where appropriate.
District of Innovation Plan Committee Members:
_______________________________________________ - Carl Taylor
_______________________________________________ - Angela Taylor
_______________________________________________ - Derek Daniel
_______________________________________________ - Doug Rawlins
_______________________________________________ - Amy Taylor
_______________________________________________ - M’Lynn Miller
_______________________________________________ - Jarrett Vickers
_______________________________________________ - Alesia Graham
_______________________________________________ - Donna Little
_______________________________________________ - Mindi Price
_______________________________________________ - Tony Holland
_______________________________________________ - Heather Caudill
_______________________________________________ - Jessie Bevill
By signing this document, I agree to the terms of this Plan and support its implementation in Claude ISD. As a member of the District Innovation Plan Committee, I agree to monitor and provide feedback to the Board, no less than annually. Feedback will comprise edits, deletions, additions, and approval based on stakeholder’s input and recommendations.