Some good scores for east Texas schools today, after the Texas Education Agency releases its ratings.
In Longview ISD, one school received the highest, exemplary rating: Hudson Elementary. Two were recognized and 10 were acceptable. There was one academically unacceptable: Pinewood Park International.
In Jacksonville ISD, West Side Elementary received the highest rating. Four were recognized, two acceptable, and no unacceptable ratings.
And in Tyler ISD, two schools scored exemplary: Owens and Caldwell Elementary. Nine schools were recognized, and 14 acceptable. Tyler ISD had no unacceptable schools.
Those are very good grades for Tyler ISD, with all campuses scoring acceptable or above.
Today, KLTV 7's Courtney Lane met with district officials to find out how they raised the bar this year.
"It's a pay-off to what you do all year long."
Teachers and students at Douglas elementary are thrilled to reach their goal this year: being recognized by the state.
Principal Christy Roach credits much of the success to the dedication of her teachers.
"The teachers are phenomenal they work so hard, behind the scenes, weekends."
Their teaching method? A lot of one-on-one with the kids.
"How can we help them, what kind of intervention can we offer and it was really looking at individual students and what they need," said Roach.
"Ratings are nice but really what it's all about is our kids continuing to improve in their performance."
Superintendent Dr. Randy Reid is very pleased by these high scores, but is already looking to next year.
"Our math and science scores continue to be a challenge for us and we know we still have a lot of work to do in those areas, but I think these ratings will really help our teachers to gain some confidence and move forward."
In fact, Dr. Reid says more than 1300 teachers trained on new curriculum this summer.
Helping science scores improve at Douglas was a new science lab.
Principal Roach says TAKS science scores went up 22% this past year, mainly credited to hands-on learning in the lab.
"To them it was a reward. It's time to go the science lab and they would say oh yay, we get to go see our cray fish or we get to go manipulate water and weights."
A lot of hard work that's not only helped many east Texas schools earn good grades, but change and improve the lives of our students.
"At the end when we see we can reach a goal and it's attainable and that just glorifies it even more," said Roach.