Sulphur Bluff ISD stands tall among rural school districts in Hopkins County
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug. 5, 2005 -- The ratings are in, and Sulphur Bluff leads Hopkins County school districts in accountability ratings, achieving a “recognized” status.

All of the other county school districts trailed Sulphur Bluff one ranking, receiving “academically acceptable” accountability ratings.

That means Sulphur Bluff is among the 14.5 percent of the 1,200 school districts throughout the state to achieve an “exemplary” or “recognized” rating under the new, more rigorous state standards, according to Texas Education Agency.

“We are by no means where we want to be on all areas, but we are very proud to have maintained a recognized status by maintaining our standards,” SBISD Superintendent Mark Keahey said Wednesday.

Sulphur Bluff not only improved on all of last year’s TAKS scores, but managed to pull the one trouble area, science, up from a 66 percent passing rate in 2004 to a 73 percent pass rate in 2005, according to TEA data. The district also had a 93 percent passing rate on the State-Developed Alternative Assessment II administered to special education students for the first time, one of three areas where schools receiving unacceptable ratings had the most difficulty.

Sulphur Springs ISD received an overall academically acceptable rating, as did the Cumby, North Hopkins, Miller Grove, Como-Pickton and Saltillo school districts.

In Sulphur Springs ISD, the middle school, Bowie Elementary and Douglas Intermediate schools received academically acceptable rankings, while Austin, Lamar and Travis Elementary (which was paired with Early Childhood Learning Center) achieved “recognized” rankings. Cumby High School, and North Hopkins High School and Elementary also received the “acceptable” designation.

Miller Grove and Saltillo school districts were only ranked at the district level not broken down into schools, while Como-Pickton was ranked based on its overall school ranking plus that of Holy Highway School in Pickton.

Nearby Yantis ISD, which also serves some students residing in southern Hopkins County, was also among the schools to receive an academically acceptable ranking. Yantis Elementary school achieved a recognized ranking while the secondary school was ranked academically acceptable.

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