Highs and lows of East Texas school district rankings

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Almost three-fourths of Texas school districts earned the highest ranking possible from the Texas Education Agency.

The TEA ranks school districts and campuses based on TAKS test scores, and graduation and dropout rates.

Taking a look at which East Texas districts made the "A" Honor Roll, we'll start in Jacksonville.

Fred Douglas, Joe Wright and West Side Elementary along with Nichols Intermediate made the exemplary list.

In Tyler, Owens and Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary were exemplary as well as the public charter school Cumberland Academy.

In Longview, there was just one: Hudson Pep.

But all campuses in New Diana made the list.

Four campuses in Lindale made the cut - Moss Intermediate, Penny Elementary, and Lindale Primary and Junior High.

Five campuses in Hallsville made it, from elementary to high school.

Brownsboro Elementary and Junior High, and Chandler Elementary all made the list.

The simple criteria for exemplary is that 90% of a districts students must pass the TAKS test, 95% of its seniors must graduate or go on to a fifth year of high school,  and have a dropout rate less than 1.8%. The opposite end of that earns an academic unacceptable rating.

In Longview, three campuses were rated unacceptable.

In Tyler, Ranch Academy was unacceptable.

In Marshall, George Washington Carver Elementary was unacceptable.

In Bullard, Bullard High School was unacceptable.

Overall, it was a good report card for East Texas, but some districts still have some work to do.

To see how your school ranked, scroll down and click on the links below.

Released by the Texas Education Agency:

Below are the number of districts or campuses that received each rating in either the standard or Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) procedures. The numbers in parenthesis are those districts or campuses that earned the rating by meeting the absolute standards and who did not use Required Improvement, the Texas Projection Measure or exceptions to achieve the rating.


  • Exemplary – 239 (72)
  • Recognized – 597 (77)
  • Academically Acceptable – 298 (211)
  • AEA: Academically Acceptable – 48 (46)
  • Academically Unacceptable – 30
  • AEA: Academically Unacceptable - 15
  • Not rated for a variety of reasons – 10
  • Schools:

  • Exemplary – 2,624 (1,159)
  • Recognized – 3,153 (748)
  • Academically Acceptable – 1,456 (874)
  • AEA: Academically Acceptable – 430 (405)
  • Academically Unacceptable – 101
  • AEA: Academically Unacceptable - 24
  • Not rated for a variety of reasons – 647
  • Key web resources:
    Accountability ratings: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/

    Accountability manual: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2010/manual/index.html

    Annual dropout and completion report:  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=4080#reports

    Complete ratings information for 1,237 school districts and 8,435 campuses is available at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/.

    Completion and dropout rates for each district and campus were also released today. The information is included on the accountability data tables and at www.ritter.tea.state.tx.us/acctres/entry.html.

    A new campus graduation summary report shows what happened to members of every freshman class at a Texas public high school, according to data submitted by school districts.  The new reports begin with the Class of 2009 and are available at: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/acctres/completion/script/2009/campus.html.

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