The Texas Education agency has released the accountability ratings of more than 8,600 school campuses in the state, of which roughly 88 percent earned a passing grade.
Locally, two Waco ISD campuses improved and met the state’s benchmarks. Both South Waco Elementary and Waco High School moved from “improvement required” to “Met Standard.” South Waco Elementary was listed as “improvement required” for the last four years.
“I’m ecstatic that we added two more schools that met standards and particularly South Waco Elementary, which was “Improvement Required” for so long,” said Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain in a press release.
TEA, however, found that seven Waco ISD campuses required improvement. Six of these schools required improvement last year, with one new campus on the list this year. The schools marked for improvement by TEA are G.W. Carver Middle School, Indian Spring Middle School, Alta Vista Elementary School, Brook Avenue Elementary School, Crestview Elementary School and J.H. Hones Elementary School.
Part of the district’s plan to improve these schools is to look to the community for help. Waco ISD has set up transformational committees, which are made up of community members. These groups discuss the school and provide input on what the school may need to improve.
Across Texas nearly 94 percent of districts met the standard, with 66 districts requiring improvement. Waco ISD met the state’s standards.
You can look up your district's rating here.