Almost four out of every 10 Texas schools has earned an Exemplary or Recognized rating under the state’s new accountability system.
Results under the new rating system, which are based on the more rigorous Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and completion or dropout rates, were released today during a press conference in Austin.
These results are based on a completely new state accountability system that replaces a rating system used from 1994 to 2002.
Locally, Bryan ISD and College Station ISD were rated acceptable by the TEA.
Four schools in Bryan were recognized including Johnson Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, Bowen Elementary and Neal Elementary.
No schools were considered exemplary in Bryan.
Bryan ISD Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Frances McArthur said, "We're excited that based on TEA's new standards, those higher standards, we still have recognized and acceptable campuses on all levels."
College Station received some gold stars from the state with five recognized schools including A&M Consolidated High School, A&M Consolidated Middle School, College Hills Elementary, Rock Prairie Elementary and South Knoll Elementary.
Two schools in the district are considered exemplary. They are Pebble Creek Elementary and Southwood Valley.
College Station ISD Superintendent, Dr. Steve Johnson said, "To have those seven campuses go beyond the minimum requirements, certainly speaks well for the staff, the students and their performance, and the community as a whole."
Outside of Bryan-College Station, Bremond ISD, Anderson-Shiro ISD and Mumford ISD were all recognized districts.
Calvert High School, Hearne High School and Somerville Junior High were found to be unacceptable by the state.
The state rated a handful of Brazos Valley schools exemplary under the new guidelines.
They are Brenham Elementary, Stewart Elementary in Huntsville, Centerville Elementary, and Ford Elementary in the Conroe ISD.
Three schools in the Montgomery ISD are also exemplary. They are Montgomery Elementary, Montgomery Middle School and Stewart Creek Elementary.
And in the Willis ISD, Edward Cannan Elementary, Parmley Elementary and Turner Elementary were rated exemplary.
These are the first ratings issued under the state's redesigned accountability system.
“We are pleased that many of our campuses continued to excel even though this rating system evaluates their performance on more academic subjects and grades than the previous rating system,” said Commissioner of Education Shirley J. Neeley.
A complete listing of the school ratings across the state can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/.