There’s new terms this year for rating the standardized-test performances of Texas schools. But it’s the same old story for the Northwest school district.The 19,000-student district has consistently performed well on the state-mandated exams. And the recently released results from the Texas Education Agency indicate the district remains a top performer. That’s because six campuses in the Northwest school district received an academic achievement distinction designation in the latest list of school ratings based on the most recent STAAR tests. STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.Medlin and Tidwell middle schools both received distinction in reading and English language arts. Chisholm Trail Middle earned the honor for mathematics while three elementary campuses – Hatfield, Hughes and Nance – received distinction for Top 25 percent student progress. Additionally, Hatfield also earned distinction in mathematics.Overall, 23 Northwest campuses earned a rating of “met the standard.” The district also received a rating of “met the standard.” No Northwest schools received the negative rating of “improvement required.”“These scores are one reflection of the successes our students have achieved this year,” Northwest Superintendent Karen Rue said. “NISD teachers work hard to design learning experiences that challenge students and encourage their learning, and students demonstrate their achievements in many other ways, as reflected in our community-based accountability measures of success.”The new designations and academic distinctions take the place of old terms “exemplary,” “recognized,” “acceptable” and “academically unacceptable.” The education agency rates schools on their performance in last spring’s STAAR test for grades three through eight, STAAR end-of-course tests for grades nine and 10 and the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for grade 11.Rue points out that the STAAR results are not the only way of gauging student performance in Northwest. The school board in June passed community-based accountability measures that identify proposed measures of success for district students. The measures were proposed by a committee of students, parents, community members and Northwest staff and administrators.The district is also part of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, which was created to inform state elected officials of potential ways to improve student learning through innovative, next-generation assessments and learning standards.Rue mentioned that House Bill 5 in this year’s state legislative session has altered testing requirements and rendered some of this new testing and accountability data obsolete. Northwest isn’t merely striving to succeed on standardized tests, Rue said. The mission is to turn out graduates prepared for success in higher education and the workforce.“The NISD vision is to be the best and most sought-after school district where every student is future ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace and ready for personal success,” Rue said.