The Texas Education Agency has released school ratings information:
The number of Academically Unacceptable schools, districts and charters rose this year as the state implemented tougher standards, but 27.3 percent of campuses and 14.5 percent of districts still managed to achieve an Exemplary or Recognized rating under the more rigorous system, the Texas Education Agency announced today.
Locally, HISD maintained its Academically Acceptable rating, although you have to make it to the fourth paragraph of the Chronicle's story to discover that:
The number of Houston Independent School District campuses considered "academically unacceptable" by the state nearly tripled to 39 this year under school accountability ratings released today.
School ratings were down across the state using this year's tougher passing standards on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exam. The ratings are based on TAKS scores, single-year dropout rates and four-year high school graduation rates.
In Houston, unacceptable schools account for 14 percent of the 281 rated campuses, up from 5 percent in 2004. The number of unacceptable HISD schools -- 39 -- outnumbered those that received the higher ratings of exemplary and recognized combined, 34.
Still, HISD managed to keep its acceptable district rating.
"Our district-wide rating held steady," Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra said in a written statement. "But overall, these results are not good enough, and everyone knows it. This should be a loud and clear signal that we must do better."
And then there's this good news in the Chronicle's story:
The news was better at Yates High School, which managed to get off the unacceptable list for the first time in recent years. Yates is among three HISD high schools undergoing a dramatic overhaul in its teaching staff this summer in a plan to improve the schools.
Principal George August said he still believes the staff overhaul was necessary to continue improving the school.
"There were some people who had become complacent and who had been reluctant to really give their best. There were some excellent teachers and we retained them," he said. "We still have a lot of work to do. Some change has occurred, but it must be sustained."
Here's the link to search school and school district results. Jason Spencer's story includes the status of several local ISDs:
In 2004, only 95 of the state's 7,908 school received the lowest ratings. This year, that number nearly quadrupled to 364, or nearly 5 percent. And the number of regular school districts rated unacceptable now stands at 19, including Galveston, Humble and Beaumont. Four school districts received the lowest rating in 2004.
And several districts that had grown used to their recognized ratings, including Cypress-Fairbanks and Clear Creek, are now lumped together with a big pack of acceptable schools.
And here are some more local results:
Katy ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Klein ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Alief ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Spring Branch ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Spring ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Aldine ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Tomball ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Fort Bend ISD -- Academically Acceptable
North Forest ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Goose Creek ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Galena Park ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Pasadena ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Pearland ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Deer Park ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Channelview ISD -- Academically Acceptable
La Porte ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Sheldon ISD -- Academically Acceptable
Conroe ISD -- Academically Acceptable