KRBC NEWS Archives for 2018-08

'A-F' ratings released for Big Country school districts

 

(KTAB/KRBC) - The Texas Education Agency released 'A-F' accountability ratings for schools and districts for the first time Wednesday, showing how the Big Country stacks up against the rest of the state. 

The ratings grade districts and schools overall and also in individual categories based on student abilities at the end of the year (Student Achievement), the growth of students' abilities compared to other districts (School Progress), and how well different groups of students are performing (Closing the Gaps). 

Abilene ISD received a 'B' rating overall, and in the individual categories, the district was given a 'B' in Student Achievement and School Progress. They received a 'C' in Closing the Gaps. 

 

Factors that contributed these scores include a STAAR performance score of 75%, a college career and military readiness score of 89%, a graduation rate of 90%, a reading and math growth rate of 70%, an English Language proficiency rate of 100%, and more. 

The TEA also commended Abilene ISD, saying the district does exceptionally well in the postsecondary readiness category. 

Here's how some of the other Big Country Districts fared: 

Anson ISD

  • Overall: C
  • Student Achievement: C
  • Student Progress: C
  • Closing the Gaps: C

Baird ISD 

  • Overall: B
  • Student Achievement: B
  • School Progress: B
  • Closing the Gaps: C

Bangs ISD

  • Overall: B
  • Student Achievement: B
  • School Progress: B
  • Closing the Gaps: C

Breckenridge ISD

  • Overall: C
  • Student Achievement: B
  • School Performance: B
  • Closing the Gaps: C

Brownwood ISD

  • Overall: C
  • Student Achievement: C
  • School Progress: C
  • Closing the Gaps: D

Cisco ISD

  • Overall: B
  • Student Achievement: B
  • School Progress: B
  • Closing the Gaps: B

Coleman ISD

  • Overall: D
  • Student Achievement: C
  • School Progress: C
  • Closing the Gaps: F

Comanche ISD

  • Overall: B
  • Student Achievement: B
  • School Progress: B 
  • Closing the Gaps: B 

Clyde CISD

  • Overall: B
  • Student Achievement: B
  • School Progress: B
  • Closing the Gaps: B

Early ISD

  • Overall: A
  • Student Achievement: A
  • School Progress: A
  • Closing the Gaps: A

Jim Ned CISD

  • Overall: A
  • Student Achievement: A
  • School Progress: B
  • Closing the Gaps: A

Merkel ISD

  • Overall: D
  • Student Achievement: C
  • School Progress: D
  • Closing the Gaps: D

Ranger ISD

  • Overall: D
  • Student Achievement: D
  • Student Progress: D
  • Closing the Gaps: F

Roby CISD

  • Overall: A
  • Student Achievement: A
  • Student Progress: A
  • Closing the Gaps: B

Roscoe Collegiate ISD

  • Overall: B
  • Student Achievement: B
  • School Progress: B
  • Closing the Gaps: B

Snyder ISD

  • Overall: C
  • Student Achievement: C
  • School Progress: C
  • Closing the Gaps: D

Stamford ISD

  • Overall: B
  • Student Achievement: B
  • School Progress: A
  • Closing the Gaps: B

Sweetwater ISD 

  • Overall: C 
  • Student Achievement: C
  • Student Progress: C
  • Closing the Gaps: D
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Wylie ISD

  • Overall: A
  • Student Achievement A
  • School Progress: B
  • Closing the Gaps: A

To view additional information, including grades for other Big County school districts as well as grades for each individual school campus, visit the Texas Education Agency's School Report Card portal.

 

 


Thieves steal truck filled with $98,000 worth of Ramen noodles

FAYETTE COUNTY, Georiga (WCMH) - Police in Georgia are looking for some crooks who made off with nearly $100,000 worth of Ramen Noodles.

Deputies in Fayette County say the thieves stole the 53-foot trailer packed with the noodles about two weeks ago, Fox 5 Atlanta reports. The theft is just one of a string of thefts deputies believe are related.

Here's exactly how many packs of Ramen the thieves made off with. 

  • The driver of the truck estimated there were $98,000 worth of noodles in the back.
  • A 48 pack of Ramen at Sam's Club costs about $9
  • That means 520,000 packs of Ramen Noodles were stolen

WXIA says no arrests have been made so far.


Kaden's Crazy News: Two 70-Year-Old Men Get Into a Fist Fight Over Free Samples at Costco

Frankly I'm surprised something like this doesn't happen at a Costco every single weekend.  Free samples do strange things to otherwise normal people.

 

 

A 70-year-old guy was at a Costco in Greenville, South Carolina on Sunday and he was patiently waiting in line for a free cheese sample.  Then, suddenly, a 72-year-old man CUT the line, grabbed some cheese, and walked off.

 

 

The 70-year-old let it go . . . but then, when he was in line for a free cheeseburger sample and he saw the 72-year-old coming to pull the same move again, he had to do something.

 

 

He confronted the guy . . . and the guy HIT him in the head and knocked off his hat and glasses.

 

 

The cops came, but after they talked to both of the guys and some witnesses, they decided not to make any arrests. 

 

 

(The State)


Facebook adds tools to help users track time spent — and set time limits

 Facebook announced on Wednesday new features meant to help people manage and limit the amount of time they spend on the company's apps.

The new tools give users their daily average of time spent on both the Facebook and Instagram apps, as well as the ability to set a time limit for daily use and mute app notifications for a specific time period.

The new features come amid growing concerns from mental health experts and a vocal group of technologists about the impact social media is having on people.

 

Ameet Ranadive, product management director at Instagram, and David Ginsberg, director of research at Facebook, wrote in a blog post that the new features were designed with the goal of addressing these issues.

“We developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organizations, academics, our own research and feedback from our community,” Facebook wrote in a blog post. “We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring.”

Instagram and Facebook have already been updating and improving the apps to help users limit and enjoy their time online. Facebook added new feature to its News Feed that allowed people to hide posts, unfollow people and snooze keywords, while Instagram created the “You’re All Caught Up” indicator, which tells people when they have seen all updates in their feed.

“It’s not just about the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram but how they spend that time,” Ranadive and Ginsberg wrote in the post. “It’s our responsibility to talk openly about how time online impacts people — and we take that responsibility seriously. These new tools are an important first step, and we are committed to continuing our work to foster safe, kind and supportive communities for everyone.”


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