Local Schools React to Adequate Yearly Progress Report

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Just two weeks after the Texas Education Agency released its school accountability ratings, local schools now know if they met federal education standards.

In College Station, the entire district made Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP under federal guidelines.

However, A&M Consolidated High School failed to meet the requirements because of failing scores on the math portion of the TAKS test by 10th grade black students.

"This information points strongly that we have a student group for CSISD that didn't perform to the level that we want them to perform," College Station Independent School District Superintendent Eddie Coulson said. "It causes us to examine our teaching so that we get what we want from our students when it comes to their learning."

In Bryan, Jane Long Middle School and Bryan's Alternative Choice for Education or ACE program failed as well.

"We had three schools last year that did not meet AYP and this year we have one that's going to be appealed and that will be turned over and one that's an alternative school that didn't make it, so we're ok with that," Bryan Independent School District Superintendent Mike Cargill said. "Really we did great this year. We are proud of our results."

Cargill says Jane Long Middle School's failure was due to a technical error that will be appealed.

He says ACE failed because students do not graduate in four years, which is required by federal standards.

The school does, however, have close to a 100-percent graduation rate.

AYP standards for high schools are based on TAKS testing and graduation rates, while elementary and middle schools are rated on attendance rates as well as test scores and participation.

The Texas Education Agency has more on AYP results.