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Six ISDs in Hopkins County earn ‘recognized’ ratings

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Six of the eight school districts serving Hopkins County students received “recognized” ratings for the 2009 school year, according to reports released Friday by Texas Education Agency. Four individual schools received the highest possible marks.

Among the 17 campuses in the eight districts, four received the highest rating of “exemplary,” : Early Childhood Learning Center, and Lamar, Bowie and Cumby elementary schools. To receive an exemplary rating, schools had to have 90 percent or better passing on all Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests in all student groups, as well a 95 percent completion rate and an annual drop out rate of 2 percent or less.

Eight other Hopkins County campuses were “recognized”: Austin, Travis, Douglas, North Hopkins, Miller Grove, Como-Pickton, Holy Highway, Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff. Yantis ISD, which serves Hopkins County students but is located in Wood County, was a “recognized” district after both the high school and elementary campuses earned recognized ratings. Achievement of a recognized rating requires schools to have a performance standard of 75 percent or higher on TAKS tests for each subject and student group, achieving an 85 percent completion rate and an annual dropout rate or 2 percent or less.

Receiving “acceptable” rankings were Sulphur Springs Middle School, Cumby High School and North Hopkins High School.

In order to achieve an academically acceptable rating, schools had to have a 70 percent pass rate on English language arts/reading, writing and social studies TAKS exams; and at least 55 percent passing rates on math TAKS and at least 50 percent passing on the TAKS science test. They also must have completion rates of at least 75 percent and an annual dropout rate of 2 percent or less. SSMS is one of 2,298 schools to be ranked academically acceptable.

Only one campus recieved a rating of “academical unacceptable — Sulphur Springs High School. Even then, SSHS barely missed an acceptable rating; had three more students in an African American subgroup passed the science portion of the test, it would have raised the high school to “academically acceptable.”

SSHS was one of 270 schools to receive an unaccepteble rating. Of those, SSHS was one of 116 that failed because of poor TAKS science scores.

Elewhere around the area, Winnsboro ISD earned an overall recognized status. Winnsboro High School and Memorial Middle School both were recognized while Winnsboro Elementary attained exemplary status.

Across the state, 1,235 school districts and 8,322 schools were rated. While more districts earned exemplary ratings this year due to “increasing passing rates on state tests and a new growth measure,” the number of schools earning academically unacceptable ratings also increased to its highest level since the system was implemented in 1994.

The number of exemplary districts in the state rose from 43 in 2008 to 117 in 2009. The total number of exemplary schools more than doubled, increasing from 1,000 in 2008 to 2,151 in 2009. That means that about 26 percent of all campuses rated earned exemplary status, according to TEA.

 

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