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Some Schools Do Not Meet State Standards

The Texas Education Agency has released 2014 state accountability ratings.   The ratings are based on four specific areas that provide an indicator of the school or districts performance. 


Schools can receive one of three ratings, “met standard,” “met alternative standard”, or “improvement required.” Roughly ten different campuses around northern Texas received the rating of “improvement required.” 

There are four areas the state looks at when rating performance. Those areas are:  student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and post secondary readiness. 

Schools located in Bowie ISD, Vernon ISD, and Wichita Falls ISD had one or more schools receive the IR rating, along with other northern Texas schools. Some entire districts failed to meet standards.

The schools that received the IR rating in Wichita Falls ISD were Lamar Elementary School, Sheppard Air Force Base Elementary School, and Scotland Park Elementary School. The Vernon ISD schools that received the IR rating were Vernon Middle School, Central Elementary School and T. G. McCord Elementary School. The school that received the IR rating in Bowie ISD was Bowie Junior High School.

“It’s given to schools or campuses who miss a target score on one or more of the performance indices that schools or districts are graded on,” said Lauren Callahan, TEA spokesperson. “There are several things that the agency requires a campus or a district to do to basically turn that improvement rating around.” 

The first thing the school would do is create a targeted improvement plan that addresses where they did not meet certain indices. 

“It’s a long process. Many of our campuses and districts, if they receive an IR rating the first year, turn them around to meet the standard,” said Callahan. 

If a school receives the “improvement required” rating multiple years in a row, that’s when further steps have to be taken between the school and state. Callahan said if those ratings stick around for six years the school could ultimately shut down. 

Newschannel 6 has reached out to some school districts that have received those state ratings. Those school districts did not comment on the situation. 

Soon, schools are required to release their own ratings. Those will be posted on district websites. However, those are different from the state accountability.  Those district ratings are based on student and community involvement, not academics. 

Find out what rating your school received by clicking on this link.  http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2014/index.html. For more information go to the TEA website. 

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6

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