Two SSISD schools earn top rankings from TEA

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 14, 2007 - Two elementary schools in the Sulphur Springs Independent School District stood out from the rest when Texas Education Agency recently posted report cards for Texas public schools.

Most schools serving Hopkins County were ranked as academically acceptable in the Academic Excellence Indicator System results, as were 75.3 percent of all districts and  51 percent of all campuses in the state.

Lamar and Bowie Elementary schools in Sulphur Springs ISD were among only 10 campuses in Region VIII Education Service Center to earn exemplary ratings, and both also received gold performance acknowledgments. Bowie was commended on writing and mathematics scores, and Lamar was commended for reading/English language arts, writing and mathematics.

Statewide, only 8 percent of the campuses rated by TEA were exemplary,

Travis Elementary in SSISD was one of the two elementary campuses in Hopkins County to be recognized, and also received gold performance acknowledgments. Travis was commended for reading/English language arts, writing and mathematics, and were noted for comparable improvement in reading/English Language Arts.

According to TEA’s website, “Comparable Improvement" measures improvements on the Texas Assessement of Knowledge and Skills tests and compares the changes to those of 40 schools that are demographically similar. Campuses that rank in the top 25 percent of the 40 schools receive "Gold Performance Acknowledgment" for comparable improvement.

Sulphur Springs High School, Middle School, Austin Elementary and Douglas Intermediate were found to be academically acceptable by AEIS standards.

SSHS, Austin and Douglas also received gold performance acknowledgments.

SSHS received gold performance acknowledgments in AP/IBO results, which refers to the participation and performance of juniors and seniors on the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Organization's (IBO) courses and examinations.

Austin Elementary was commended in reading, and Douglas showed comparable improvement in reading/English Language Arts.

Overall, SSISD was noted to be academically acceptable as a district on its 2006-2007 report card.


Cumby

Cumby ISD was among only 217 districts in the state that were recognized, and was the only other local district with a recognized campus. Cumby also received gold performance acknowledgments for "Texas Success Initiative" (TSI) English Language Arts and was commended in writing.

�Cumby Elementary was a recognized campus, with gold performance acknowledgments for� comparable improvement in reading/English Language Arts (with scores up from 74 to 95) and mathematics (up from 57 to 89, and on all tests from 45 to 86), according to TEA data.

Cumby High School was ranked academically acceptable, but received gold performance acknowledgments in attendance for 2005-2006 and TSI/English Language Arts. The high school was also commended in writing.


Como-Pickton

The Como-Pickton school district, which includes the main campus for grades kindergarten through 12 and Holy Highway for grades 7 to 12, was ranked academically acceptable, as were both campuses. Each also received gold performance acknowledgments for attendance during 2005-2006 and were commended for reading/English language arts. The main CP campus was commended for Texas Success Initiative (TSI) in Mathematics. Holy Highway was commended for TSI in English language arts, for which the campus also showed comparable improvement.


Miller Grove

Miller Grove ISD was ranked academically acceptable based on evaluations of all grade levels. The school received gold performance acknowledgments in TSI English Language Arts, as was commended in reading/English Language Arts and social studies, and acknowledged for comparable improvement in mathematics.


North Hopkins

North Hopkins ISD was academically acceptable with gold performance acknowledgments in TSI English Language Arts. The school was commended for social studies and comparable improvement in reading/English Language Arts.


Saltillo

Saltillo ISD was academically acceptable with gold performance acknowledgments for attendance (2005-2006), TSI English Language Arts and TSI mathematics. The school was also commended on writing.


Sulphur Bluff

�Sulphur Bluff ISD was also ranked academically acceptable. The school received gold performance acknowledgement for attendance for 2005-06, and commended on reading/English Language Arts, mathematics and social studies.


Yantis

Yantis ISD, which is located in Wood County and Region VII but also serves students residing in Hopkins County, was also rated academically acceptable, with gold performance acknowledgments for the recommended high school program class of 2006, TSI English Language Arts and TSI mathematics. Yantis was commended on writing and showed comparable improvement in reading/English Language Arts. Yantis Elementary also was academically acceptable with gold performance acknowledgments for attendance for 005-2006, was commended in science  and showed comparable improvement in reading/English Language Arts, according to TEA data.


�Elsewhere

In Region VIII, only 10 schools were ranked exemplary, including Bowie and Lamar Elementary schools in SSISD, Wake Village Elementary in Texarkana ISD, J.K. Hileman Elementary in Queen City ISD, Pleasant Grove Elementary in Pleasant Grove ISD, Mount Vernon Elementary in Mt. Vernon ISD, McLeod Elementary in McLeod ISD, Malta Elementary in Malta ISD, Leary Elementary in Leary ISD, Dekalb Elementary in Dekalb ISD, South Elementary in Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD.

Only five schools in Region VIII, including all three in Clarksville ISD, were ranked academically unacceptable, according to TEA data. Daingerfield-Lone Star High School and Atlanta High were also academically unacceptable. Only 276, or 3.4 percent, of the 8,061 campuses ranked across the state received unacceptable academic ratings.

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