Though most school districts in Henderson County and the Cedar Creek Lake area received the Met Standard designation on the Texas Education Agency Preliminary Accountability Ratings, there is still work to be done.
The indedpendent school districts from Athens, Brownsboro, Cross Roads, Eustace, Kemp, LaPoynor, Mabank and Malakoff all performed up to the bar, with Murchison falling just short. Trinidad met standard in two of the four categories, but missed overall.
Campuses that met the standard were also eligible for distinctions in seven different categories, such as math or social studies. Several area schools won distinctions.
Malakoff Superintendent Randy Perry was pleased at the distinctions that came to the district, particularly in the elementary grades. Malakoff Elementary received four academic distinctions and Tool Elementary got three. Malakoff also had single distinctions in the high school and middle school.
“I’m very pleased with the report,” Perry said. “The students and teachers did an excellent job.”
Perry said the new test is quite a bit different from the one used prior to 2013.
“The students have to take the information they learn in one area, and apply it to other areas on the test,” Perry said.
Two schools in the Athens ISD received multiple distinctions. The high school had two, while South Athens Elementary accumulated four.
“This a great way to kick off the school year,” Athens Independent School District Communication Specialist Toni Clay said. “We work diligently to try to improve the academic performance of all our students, and these results indicate that we are doing that. We are very pleased.”
Brownsboro ISD scored well at the campus level. The high school had three distinctions, as did junior high and Chandler Elementary. Four distinctions were earned at Brownsboro Elementary, and Brownsboro Intermediate.
There was a strong showing from Mabank schools as well. The junior high racked up six distinctions, while the high school earned five. Central and Southside Elementary each received three, as did the intermediate school.
Eustace distinctions came at the high school, with four and the intermediate school with three. LaPoynor High School scored four and the elementary school one. At Kemp, the high school earned two distinctions.
In the area of student achievement, Malakoff and Mabank had the top mark among area schools with an 85 score. Measuring student program, the best score went to LaPoynor with 41. Closing performing gaps, which measures the decrease in the difference between the scores of minority students and white students was best in Mabank and Malakoff, with each scoring 46.
The last of the four categories used in the ratings is postsecondary readiness - getting the student ready for college. Mabank led the way in that category with a 78 score.
The Texas Education Agency will post the state-assigned academic and financial ratings, as well as the locally-determined community and student engagement ratings, on the agency’s website by Oct. 1.