County schools get high marks from TEA
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 20, 2006 - Three Hopkins County school districts recently earned recognition for going "above and beyond" in state accountability performance standards.

Another four districts were rated academically acceptable on the accountability performance standards. Lamar Elementary School was the only campus in the county to receive an exemplary rating, the highest attainable acknowledgement on the list.

Gold performance acknowledgements take into account a variety of factors, including advanced course or dual enrollment completion rates; advanced placement; attendance rate; whether they were commended on reading/English language arts, mathematics, writing, science and social studies ratings; whether comparable improvement was made at the campus level on reading/ELA and math; recommended high school program; SAT/ACT results; and Texas Success Initiative English language arts and mathematics.

In Sulphur Springs Independent School District, Lamar Elementary School was rated exemplary, while the other four elementary campuses — Austin, Bowie and Travis Elementary, Douglas Intermediate and Early Childhood Learning Center — were all recognized. Both Sulphur Springs Middle School and High School were acknowledged as being academically acceptable.

Lamar was specifically rated as exemplary for being "commended" on reading/ELA and mathematics.

According to the TEA's "2006 Accountability Manual," schools that achieve commended performance have met "the highest performance level set by the State Board of Education on the TAKS.”

"Students who achieve Commended Performance have performed at a level that is considerably above the state passing standard and have shown a thorough understanding of the knowledge and skills at the grade level tested," the manual states.

Around the county,  Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District was recognized overall, with the C-P prekindergarten through 12th grade campus recognized.

North Hopkins’ elementary school, which serves early education through sixth grade, and high school, for grades 7-12, were both academically acceptable, which was also the district's rating.

Holy Highway in Pickton, which serves eighth through 12th graders, was rated academically acceptable.

Cumby Elementary School, which serves grades kindergarten through sixth, was recognized, while Cumby High School was academically accepable for an overall academically acceptable gold performance acknowledgement.

Miller Grove was academically acceptable. Saltillo and sulphur Bluff were recognized.

Among the Gold Performance Acknowledements given to Hopkins County School districts were:

Attendance

Como-Pickton, Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff:  recognized

Commended in Reading/ELA

Como-Pickton and Sulphur Bluff: recognized

Commended in Mathematics

Miller Grove, academically acceptable; Sulphur Bluff, recognized

Commended on Writing

Cumby, Miller Grove, North Hopkins, SSISD: academically acceptable; Como-Pickton, Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff, recognized

Commended on Social Studies

Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff, recognized

Recommended High School program

SSISD, academcially acceptable

Texas Success Initiative ELA

Como-Pickton, recognized; Cumby, academically acceptable

Texas Success Initiative Math

Como-Pickton and Sulphur Bluff, recognized

More information about gold performance and other accountability ratings can be found on Texas Education Agency's website:

www.tea.state.tx.us

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