Parents, teachers, and students in Devers ISD should be delighted to know that they are attending the fifth-ranked school system in the state of Texas, according to the website SchoolDigger. com and their 2021 rankings. They take the number five spot out of 963 school districts across Texas.
Devers ISD had an enrollment of 206 students from Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade during the time evaluated. Those two individual campuses were also highly ranked in 2021, with Devers Elementary coming in 57 out of 4,554 Texas elementary campuses, showing an improvement of 23 spots from 2019. Offering even more significant gains was Devers Junior High, which was ranked 160 during the 2019 rankings but has jumped an impressive 111 places to number 49 this go around.
Devers ISD Superintendent Liz Harris, entering her ninth year with the school system, is extremely excited and proud of everyone with a hand in the school.
“We were proud of our teachers, students and parents; what a better way to recognize Devers ISD,” said Harris.
Harris believes that overcoming COVID19 was a significant obstacle and made for one of the most challenging years in her career, but found it remarkable that her school persevered in receiving such an honor.
“It was a very challenging and troubling school year in every school in Liberty County,” said Harris.
Harris believes that the school’s commitment to the students, with an average class size of around 20, with a single class for each grade, and their change to a four-day school week really has made a difference in the performance at Devers.
“Just to be in a top-ranking says your district is doing a lot of the right things for kids,” said Harris.
Devers also reached a milestone last school year, as the district surpassed 200 students for the first time in its history. Many of those students come from outside of the Devers ISD boundaries as an open-enrollment campus. Those additional students help with enrollment numbers and thus increase available funding from the state.
“Our transfer students help allow us to do what we do,” said Harris.
Currently, the district has some open spots in their second-grade classroom and is open to transfers.
All things are looking suitable for Devers ISD, and Harris hopes that her school will continue to do good things for its students.
“There are some happy Tigers out here,” concluded Harris.
The information is compiled by the site using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Texas Education Agency. They also utilize school attendance information from a site called ATTOM.
Written by Russell Payne