Many East Texas Schools Did Not Meet Required Standards

Many East Texas schools are failing in reading and math. That's according to the Texas Education Agency. Twelve East Texas high schools did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. They are: Arp, Athens, Big Sandy, Chapel Hill, Dingerfield, Kigore, Longview, Mt. Pleasant, Palestine, Pine Tree, Rains, and John Tyler High Schools.  In Tyler, Dogan Middle School has failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress for two years in a row.

"There are numerous factors that come in to play of school ratings of any kind whether it's state rating or federal rating," said Roland Hernandez Tyler School Independent School District Deputy Superintendent.  "In many of the schools that are not meeting AYP have high and large populations that are limited English profficient, so not all our schools have that challenge."

Hernandez says he is confident Dogan Middle School will be taken off the list next year with the help of Dogan's new Principal H.T. Sanchez.

"We have  a lot of new leaders on our campuses and they've demonstrated some great improvements," said Hernandez.

To see how your child's school is doing, click on the Know More on 7 Icon on the home page and click on the Adequate Yearly Progress results link.

Molly Reuter, reporting