Pine Tree ISD
, which had a 2011 completion rate of 93.4 percent, has two components to improving its graduation rate, Farler
The first is a transitional program that focuses on ninth graders who are behind or lacking certain skills, she
The program provides students with the opportunity to close gaps.
The second initiative is Pine Tree's ExCel High School of Choice
ExCel is a nontraditional high school for students who want to graduate early or who need accelerated instruction so they will graduate on time.
ExCEL uses a combination of web-based, virtual courses via the computer and teacher-directed lessons, Farler
T.J. Farler, superintendent of Pine Tree Independent School District, is one of 39 school leaders chosen for a leadership program, which according to the Texas Association of School Administration (TASA), could help define the future of public education in the state.
, who was selected from 1,037 districts in Texas eligible to apply, expressed pride in being selected for the inaugural year of the program.
"I look forward to examining, defining and implementing what it will take to transform our education system into future-ready learning environments," said Farler
"Texas is changing to a much more rigorous accountability system called the STAAR test," said Farler