Condit And Horn Earn ‘Exemplary’ Ratings From TEA, HISD ‘Academically Acceptable’ Overall

Condit and Horn Elementary Schools are two of 59 schools to earn an “exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency, while the district has been rated “academically acceptable” overall.

HISD has received an “academically acceptable” rating since 2004. To be considered a “recognized” district, HISD would not be able to have any campuses rated “academically unacceptable.”

According to ratings released by the TEA on Friday, HISD has 21 schools rated “academically unacceptable.” Four alternative education campuses were also rated “academically unacceptable.”

The district also has 106 schools rated “recognized” and 79 schools rated “academically acceptable.”

The district and campus ratings are based largely on student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. The percentage of HISD students passing the TAKS math, science and social studies exams increased from 2010 to 2011, while the reading and writing exam passing rates remained strong.

Middle school dropout rates and four-year high school completion rates also factor into the ratings. HISD’s performance on both of those measures is now the best it has ever been under the current accountability system. At 86.6 percent, HISD’s completion rate is now 3.4 points higher than last year, and the middle school dropout rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 0.5 percent.

“HISD principals and teachers helped students throughout the district make great strides last school year, and we celebrate that today. But we will not be satisfied until all children attending all Houston schools are achieving at the highest levels. It is unacceptable for Houston to have any unacceptable schools,” HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. “As Houston schools rise to meet our ambitious, but attainable, goal of preparing every child for college and a meaningful career, it’s more critical than ever that we follow through on our promise to give every child a great teacher and a school led by a quality principal.”

HISD’s “exemplary” elementary schools include Briscoe, Browning, Burrus, Bush, Cage, Codwell, Condit, Cook, Cornelius, Crockett, De Zavala, R.P. Harris, Hartsfield, J.P. Henderson, Highland Heights, Hines-Caldwell, Hobby, Horn, Houston Gardens, Kennedy, Kolter, Lovett, Lyons, Mading, Oak Forest, Oates, Osborne, Park Place, Port Houston, River Oaks, Roberts, Ross, Rusk, Saint George Place, Scott, Seguin, Southmayd, Stevenson, Sutton, Twain, Valley West, West University, White and Windsor Village.

“Exemplary” middle schools include Briarmeadow, Energized for E-STEM Central, Energized for Excellence, Kaleidoscope, Pin Oak and Project Chrysalis.

“Exemplary” high schools include Carnegie Vanguard, Challenge, DeBakey, East Early College, Eastwood Academy, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston Academy for International Studies, North Housotn Early College and South Early College.

Ratings earned in 2011 will remain in place until 2013, when Texas will complete the transition into a new accountability system that replaces the TAKS exams with the tougher State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams. Texas students will take the STAAR exams during the 2011-2012 school year, but their scores will not be used for school accountability ratings until the second year.

Unlike the TAKS, STAAR will seek to measure whether students at each grade level are on track to graduate prepared for college and the workplace. Correctly answering questions on STAAR will require more critical thinking and the writing test will require more essays in first-person and expository styles. High school students will take end-of-course exams that test their mastery of the specific subjects they took that school year. Additionally, students will have four hours to take each STAAR exam, rather than the unlimited time they received to take the TAKS.

Bellaire News Staff

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