UPDATED: All 8 Smith County public school districts meet state standard

Published on Friday, 8 August 2014 12:21 - Written by

BY EMILY GUEVARA,eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Tyler ISD received a Met Standard rating under the 2014 state accountability system. Of the school’s 27 campuses, 16 received a Met Standard rating and 11 received an Improvement Required rating.

Those campuses receiving the Met Standard rating were: Robert E. Lee High School, John Tyler High School, Hogg, Hubbard, Moore and Stewart middle schools, Bell, Birdwell, Bonner, Clarkston, Owens, Caldwell, Rice, Woods and Jack elementary schools and St. Louis Early Childhood Center.

The following campuses received the Improvement Required rating: Boulter and Dogan middle schools, Austin, Dixie, Douglas, Griffin, Jones, Orr, Peete and Ramey elementary schools along with the Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs.

The Texas Education Agency today released ratings for all public school districts, campuses and charter schools in the state.

School districts and campuses could receive one of two ratings: Met Standard or Improvement Required. Alternative campuses are rated using different standards.

The ratings are based primarily on student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, the state's standardized test, but also considered graduation rates and diploma plans for high school campuses and districts. 

Schools receiving the Met Standard rating could qualify for up to seven distinctions in various categories. To earn a distinction, schools had to perform at top levels when compared to other schools of similar size and population.

Eight TISD campuses received one or more distinctions. They were: John Tyler in science; Hogg in reading/English language arts; Moore in reading/English language arts, math, science, social studies, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness; Birdwell in reading/English language arts, math, science, student progress and closing performance gaps; Owens in science; Caldwell in reading/English language arts and science, Rice in reading/English language arts and Jack in reading/English langage arts and postsecondary readiness.

Moore received all seven distinctions and Birdwell received five out of a possible six distinctions.

Smith County

Looking at the rest of the Smith County school districts, all seven received a Met Standard rating. These are Arp, Bullard, Chapel Hill, Lindale, Troup, Whitehouse and Winona school districts.

By school district, the ratings were as follows:

Arp — All three campuses received the Met Standard rating. Arp Junior High received a social studies distinction and Arp Elementary School received science and postsecondary readiness distinctions.

Bullard — Four of the five campuses received the Met Standard rating. Bullard Intermediate School received an Improvement Required rating. Bullard High School received a social studies distinction and Bullard Elementary School received a math distinction.

Chapel Hill — Four of five campuses received the Met Standard rating. Jackson Elementary School received the Improvement Required rating. Chapel Hill High School received four of a possible six distinctions in reading/English language arts, math, social studies, and postsecondary readiness. Chapel Hill Middle School received one distinction in reading/English language arts. Wise Elementary Fine Arts Magnet received a postsecondary readiness distinction.

Lindale — All six campuses received the Met Standard rating. Lindale High School received six of six possible distinctions in reading/English language arts, math, science, social studies, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. Lindale Junior High received six of seven possible distinctions in reading/English language arts, math, social studies, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. E.J. Moss Intermediate School received one distinction in postsecondary readiness.

Troup — All three campuses received the Met Standard rating. Troup High School received three distinctions in reading/English language arts, science and closing performance gaps. Troup Middle School received four distinctions in math, social studies, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. Troup Elementary School received four distinctions in reading/English language arts, science, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

Whitehouse — All seven campuses received the Met Standard rating. Whitehouse High School received two distinctions in reading/English language arts and math. Whitehouse Junior High received two distinctions in student progress and postsecondary readiness. J.W. Holloway Sixth Grade School received one distinction in closing perfromance gaps. Gus Winston Cain Elementary School received five of six possible distinctions in reading/English language arts, math, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. Mozelle Brown Elementary School received four of six possible distinctions in reading/English language arts, math, student progress and postsecondary readiness. H.L. Higgins Elementary School received six of six possible distinctions in reading/English language arts, math, science, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. Stanton-Smith Elementary School received four of six possible distinctions with reading/English language arts, math, student progress and postsecondary readiness.

Winona — Three of four campuses received the Met Standard rating. Winona Intermediate School received the Improvement Required rating. Winona High School received two distinctions in reading/English language arts and science.

Charter Schools

Charter schools in Smith County fared well in the ratings. Cumberland Academy as a whole along with its elementary and middle school campuses individually received a Met Standard rating. The middle school received a math distinction.

UT Tyler Innovation Academy as a whole along with the Tyler and Palestine campuses received a Met Standard rating. The Longview campus received an Improvement Required rating. The Palestine campus received a math distinction.

Vista Academy of Tyler received the Met Standard rating along with two distinctions in reading/English language arts and student progress.

Premier High School of Tyler received the Met Alternative Standard rating.

Azleway Charter School and Ranch Academy were not rated.