The scores are in, and in Bryan, the School District showed gains in the new T-E-A accountability ratings system. Bryan ISD Spokesperson Brandon Webb says, "They're basically trying to see how we prepare students academically and for life after high school. "
The Texas Education Agency gives each district and school a rating: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. Those ratings are based student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and post-secondary readiness.
Last year these five Bryan campuses and the district itself were designated as ones that "required improvement." This year, three of those five schools made the grade. Only Crockett Elementary and Milam Elementary narrowly missed the mark. Webb says the district will work with teachers and parents to help students do better.
Good news across town in College Station where all 15 campuses in their district met standard for the second year in a row. Superintendent Clark Ealy says "We're excited about our kids and the performance they had and our teachers and the reflection that these scores have on the work that happened. It's not the whole sum of what we do for students here in CSISD, but it is a reflection.. We want to make sure for 177 days of instruction we're providing the very best we can for our students."
Three college station schools earned some of the most distinctions possible: College Station High, A&M Consolidated Middle School and A&M Consolidated High School. A trio of Bryan schools earned major distinctions as well. Those were Bryan Collegiate High, Bryan High, and Neal Elementary.
There were a handful of districts that the TEA noted needed improvement.
In Brazos County, Arrow Academy was off in student achievement and closing performance gaps, and Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity missed in the post-secondary readiness category.
In Burleson County, Snook was a fraction away from meeting standards on closing performance gaps, and Somerville was a fraction away in the post-secondary readiness category.
Over in Grimes County, Navasota barely did not meet standards on closing performance gaps.