All county schools get passing grade from TEA
Lamar Elementary gets  exemplary rating; nine others are recognized

Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug. 3, 2006 -- With more than 800 school districts across the state -- including Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Bluff, Miller Grove and Cumby independent school districts -- petitioning Texas Education Agency to begin classes early, citing semester alignment and the need for more days to prepare for Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests, the question of how good area schools are doing arises.

Well, wonder no more.

All Hopkins County schools received an academically acceptable rating or higher, according to accountability ratings released Tuesday by TEA. Only one school ranked exemplary -- the top rating -- while nine were recognized and seven were rated academically acceptable.

The TEA ratings applied to both districts as a whole and to each campus.

Of the seven school districts located within Hopkins County,  three were recognized and the rest academically acceptable.

Lamar Elementary School in Sulphur Springs Independent School District was the only campus in Hopkins County to earn an exemplary rating.

SSISD received an overall academically acceptable rating. Within SSISD, Austin Elementary, Early Childhood Learning Center/ Travis Elementary,  Bowie Elementary and Douglas Intermediate schools all earned recognized rankings. Both Sulphur Springs Middle School and High School were ranked academically acceptable.

Elsewhere in the county, Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District, and Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff Independent School Districts earned recognized ratings. Como-Pickton's main campus was ranked recognized, while Holy Highway school in Pickton was rated academically acceptable. Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff's ranking, like that of Miller Grove, was based on an overall campus score rather than the composite of separate facilities ratings

Cumby Independent School District, North Hopkins Independent School District and Miller Grove Independent School District were all ranked academically acceptable.

Cumby Elementary was recognized, while Cumby High School earned an academically acceptable rating as did North Hopkins High School.  North Hopkins Elementary was also academically acceptable. Miller Grove ISD was ranked academically acceptable as a whole, instead of by upper and lower grade categories.

 Greenville ISD was the only school district in surrounding counties to receive an academically unacceptable ranking, in spite of an exemplary rating for GISD's Lamar Elementary School.  Greenville High School campus was also ranked academically unacceptable.

As for other Hunt County districts, Commerce ISD, Bland ISD, Quinlan ISD and Phoenix Charter School were all academically acceptable, while Campbell ISD, Caddo Mills, Wolfe City ISD, Lone Oak ISD and Celeste ISD were recognized.

In Delta County, Cooper ISD and Fannindel ISD both received academically acceptable ratings.

In Franklin County, Mount Vernon ISD was academically acceptable.

In Wood County, Yantis ISD ranked academically acceptable. Yantis ISD consists of Yantis School for students in grades sixth through 12 and Yantis Elementary School. Yantis School earned an academically acceptable ranking while the elementary was recognized.

Also in Wood County, Winnsboro and Alba-Golden were recognized, while Quitman, Mineola and Hawkins were all ranked academically acceptable.

Rains ISD, the only school district in Rains County, received an overall recognized rating.

Chism ISD and Prairiland school districts in Lamar County each received a recognized ranking while Roxton, Paris and North Lamar rated as academically acceptable.

Mount Pleasant and Chapel Hill ISDs in Titus County were also ranked academically acceptable, while Winfield and Harts Bluff were recognized.

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