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Ranking RGV School Districts 2015-2016

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Earlier this week TEA released a preliminary A-F Accountability report grading schools for their performance for the 2015-2016 school year. Beginning in 2017, per HB 2804, TEA will issue “A-F” grades for school districts to measure their performance, abandoning their “meets standards-needs improvement” model. Districts are split as to whether this is a good idea or not, but either way, it’s hard to argue that the model DOESN’T give parents an easier snapshot of how well or how poorly their local district is performing.

Here’s how RGV Schools did this previous school year

Because we at The Bench Wire are your friends, we decided to go the extra mile and calculate each schools GPA, rank them and categorize them appropriately.

The Top 10%
IDEA Academy – 3.75
South Texas – 3.75
Valley View – 3.75

Your Ivy Leagues. 2 of the 3 look like they’re ready for the big leagues, but Valley View might be that student that goes to Princeton, does poorly their first two semesters, and then finally does ok their 3rd semester but not good enough to stay off academic probation, comes back home and settles for a 4.0 at UTRGV.

Going To Texas, Rice, Baylor, or A&M
Los Fresnos – 3.25
McAllen – 3.25
Sharyland – 3.25

These were the students who were smart but still had a life and whom you’ll probably never see again after graduation.

The UTRGV Draft
Brownsville – 3.0
Lyford – 3.0
PSJA – 3.0
Edinburg – 2.75
Hidalgo – 2.75

Decent GPA and maybe could’ve gotten onto a waiting list at UT or A&M, but decided to play it safe and stick around here to get a business degree. These are the people who you’ll keep in contact with 10 years after high school and 70% of their conversation will be about how much they hate the Valley.

JagNet All Day, Every Day
Harlingen – 2.5
Weslaco – 2.5
La Feria – 2.25
Lasara – 2.25
Mission – 2.25
Point Isabel – 2.25
Santa Maria – 2.25
Santa Rosa – 2.25

Not exactly the best or the worst students, but were your filler C with the occasional B. This makes up a bulk of your class. Maybe Harlingen or Weslaco might surprise us by owning their own business someday, but all signs point to administrative and retail jobs all of their lives.

RESPECTSTC
Roma – 2.0
San Perlita – 2.0
EE – 1.75
La Joya – 1.75
La Villa – 1.75
Mercedes – 1.75
Progreso – 1.75
Rio Hondo – 1.75

These were the students that dicked around a little too much and spent at least a few days a month in ISS.

The Second Chance Crew
Raymondville – 1.5
Donna – 1.25
San Benito – 1.25

These are the students who should’ve just stayed another year in HS, so by going to VoTech, it’ll feel just like that. Donna and San Benito will probably get married and have, like, 8 kids and you’ll probably see them at Stripes EVERY time you go pump gas and have that awkward conversation about what each other is doing. “Working! Jusss working, you know.”

Welp, guess I’ll go work in the oil fields
Monte Alto – 1.0

Monte Alto may or may not have graduated HS (You’d be too embarrassed to ask) so he’ll sign up to go work out in the oil fields the day after graduation and end up raking in more money than everybody cause, you know, life!

Here’s the complete list (again, use zoom).

48 Comments

  1. Wow your assumptions make you sound like an ass. Have you ever worked in education and do you understand the system currently in place. Your assumption that certain students will not be successful only due to their efforts is incorrect. There are systems in place that give advantages to certain students and not others. Your generalization of students in the valley and stereotypes of people from certain towns in our region are offensive to say the least. I was a student who spent more than a few days in ISS and I assure you and the public that by no means does that determine your level of success. I have my degree and have had a wonderful and successful career and over came many obstacles along the way including adults in the education system who like you made assumptions about me. Instead of putting kids down see how you can become involved and assist in educating our youth.

  2. Was it really so hard to simply report the rankings and new system and let parents decide how they view the education their students are getting instead of the derogatory assumptions and negative labels this author generally applies to the entire student body. I graduated from Progreso ISD in 1999 joined and proudly served in the US Army to earn money for college. I earned a bachelor’s from the University of Houston and a master’s from Concordia University both with cum laude and magna cum laude honors. Why not uplift and inspire students instead of labeling them with cynical stereotypes.

  3. Was it really so hard to simply report the rankings and new system and let parents decide how they view the education their students are getting instead of the derogatory assumptions and negative labels this author generally applies to the entire student body? I graduated from Progreso ISD in 1999 joined and proudly served in the US Army to earn money for college. I earned a bachelor’s from the University of Houston and a master’s from Concordia University both with cum laude and magna cum laude honors. Why not uplift and inspire students instead of labeling them with cynical stereotypes?

  4. To be honest your opinions on each district threw me off at first, but I’m sure you made The BW to write what and how you want. Keep doing what you love.

  5. To be fair his “assumptions” are based on students who have already graduated high school. He is definitely not saying who will mess up or fail in life but to know where area high schools rank according to TEA rankings. You should know the difference, his “assumption” are the rule, you happen to be the exception to it.

    Admittedly you can’t take this whole article serious because he opinionated rather than offer any level of concern. He knows this about as good as it gets for him. πŸ™‚

  6. Everyone who is butt hurt with the review or anything else on this site does not get satire. This whole website is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. Keep doing what you are doing JD and chase that money. πŸ˜€

  7. I’m not sure which extra mile you are calculating but clearly this is an opinion article. I know that your circumstances don’t define who you turn out to be.

  8. WTF! LOL This is the worst! Why are people taking this seriously? He’s obviously being a little shit! My guesssss Harlingen or Edinburg.

  9. I, for one am not offended and get the satire. Being a regular on reading your stories, it offers a different perspective. I appreciate what you and your staff, JD.

    When I grew up it was the “norm” to assume kids in Sharyland and McAllen would be going to top Universities and Colleges, while the rest of us would stay for VoTech and STCC (Back in the day). That doesn’t mean I didn’t grow up and be successful. I’m just glad I strived to be something greater than what the statistics guaranteed I’d be.

  10. Have not worked in school systems but moving here found a lot lacking in the public system. . We were lucky and our daughter graduated from la feria before it turned bad.. 3 of grandkids went there but we took last one out and got her in Idea. In la Feria she was an A student at Idea she had to work hard to catch up with them. She is excelling and doing very well. Teachers go beyond the call..always answer phone calls and emails. . They work on the brain there. And could care less about sports.. monry goes into education not throwing a football. .

  11. It’s easy to post rubbish when you hide behind a name like JD. I couldn’t even finish reading this nonsense. Typical hack!

  12. JD, you say you went the extra mile, but have failed to show a statistical analysis and statistical tools you used to report your conclusions. Will you please display an abstract, introduction of your study, the methodology, research analysis and data (other than percentages because that does not mean anything unless compared to other scientific data), and discussion of your scientific findings. I would also like to see the conceptual or theoretical framework and research statistics and software you have used to arrive at your assumptions.

    From what I have read on your posts, you are biased and have presented inconclusive evidence to support your assumptions.

    • Here ya go..

      JD, you say you went the extra mile, but have..failed to show

      a statistical analysis – 5 grade letters, 5 numerical numbers assigned. Average calculated

      statistical tools – Average

      Will you please display:

      an abstract – I’m going to rank the school districts

      introduction of your study – Watch

      the methodology – Re: statistical analysis

      research analysis – Re: results

      and data (other than percentages because that does not mean anything unless compared to other scientific data) – Re: results

      and discussion of your scientific findings – I ranked the school districts

      I would also like to see…

      the conceptual – re: catagories (The top 10%, Going to Rice, Texas, Baylor, A&M, etc.)

      or theoretical framework – Nope

      research statistics – Re: results

      and software – Windows Calculator

  13. I’m not sure what this means
    Then again I did graduate from ENHS …
    (A little humor)
    So much pressure is on the teaches & students. So much testing now :/
    It’s our responsibility as a parent to help our kids succeed, yes teaches have a huge role as well but so do we.
    I don’t care about these scores.
    Teachers are human not computers even those don’t work too well at times

  14. I liked this! Why are you getting mad? It’s satirical in nature and if it hits a nerve it’s because it affects you personally.

    I for one love the take, and If you want to look at someone to be mad at, look at the superintendents. How much are they getting paid to produce C’s?

  15. I think you need to read up on the full meaning behind the A-F school rating. Because your article shows you did not do any investigation into what this rating means at all. It just seems you only want to take a jab at others.
    Have you read what each domain means and how it’s calculated? Did you know that Domain V was not released because the state doesn’t know how they are going to calculate it yet? Did you know this rating means nothing this year; it is the state’s ‘what if’ scenario. Were you aware that a large group of school districts across the state are petitioning against this absurd school rating system? And did you read the over 80 pages on how to calculate the rating yourself?

  16. Hilarious article with, sadly, plenty of opininios that sound ill-intentioned, but ultimately are (partly) true. My favorite, “he’ll sign up to go work out in the oil fields the day after graduation and end up raking in more money than everybody cause, you know, life!”
    However, I am never embarrassed to ask my students about their lifes, before “it” happens. As I often hear many teachers refer to real life in their classroomss as if their learning experience in our classes is disconnected from “it”.

  17. Hey, I have a Bachelors Degree, an associates as well, taught HS for 5 years and left all that to make some real money in the oilfield. People talk shit about all the education I have, bitch I love what I do and get paid good for it too!

  18. If you attended the 32nd ranked school, you can write for the, Pulitzer Prize winning, BitchWire. Thanks for writing πŸ˜€

    • Thank YOU for reading because, trust me, that takes MUCH more of an effort than it takes for me to write this Pulitzer prize-winning garbage.

  19. Hmm I didn’t need to graduate from any college to realize and take this as the joke it’s meant to be. Don’t take it so hard people, it’s not a d*ck.

  20. This guy JD Deford is a scum of life. All he does is write about the valley that he does not know. This man has an obsession with putting out fake outrageous stories and its actually considered predatory and criminal. This man insults and belittles an entire profession that many people in south Texas have thrived, raised families, and have been proud of doing. I Andrew De La Garza son of Eddie De La Garza and grandson of the late Robert De La Garza say that this pathetic person should be shunned and be ignored. And when someone confronts him and questions his moronic stories his response is “Thank you for reading” so JD Deford hashtag enjoy this comment hashtag I hope this helps you lose hashtag you are a loser hashtag try me again. Oh and of course…. Thanks for reading JD. πŸ™‚

  21. Please you all seem so butt hurt this are realistic numbers just because you threw out here your extended vocabulary Dosent mean this person is an idiot and made this article a joke. I’m glad you all made it to a good college and got educated I graduated from Valley View and have we have always been ranked to be one of the best schools in Texas so stop being such anals and if you made it bid time come and give that support to your school and the students might just
    Follow your example!

  22. Well written article. The grades are in. You cannot argue the results. You have a choice as a parent. Move to the better schools districts or go the private school direction. My wife and I both graduated from the Valley schools. We wanted something better for our kids. We pay the extra taxes in the neighborhoods for our kids. Don’t defend bad scores on your districts. Make a change, as we did for our family. The elementary school where we live has all A’s.

    Katy ISD parents

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