TEA announces school accountability ratings
By Elsa Maxey
The newly released 2011 campus and school district accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) bump down two of the four school districts in Fort Bend County.
“Because four campuses are rated Unacceptable due to their performance in math or science, the district is limited to a rating of Academically Acceptable,” reports the Fort Bend Independent School District in a news release announcing its new rating. “If not for these four campuses, the district would have been rated Recognized,” it said. Rosa Parks Elementary School, Lake Olympia Middle School, Thurgood Marshall High School and Willowridge High School are rated as Academically Unacceptable on the TEA list.
In 2010, FBISD was rated as Recognized and both its Willowridge and Thurgood Marshall high schools had Academically Acceptable ratings, and Lake Olympia Middle and Rosa Parks Elementary schools were rated as Recognized campuses, according to TEA reports.
Sixty five percent, which accounts for 45 of 69 FBISD schools, are rated as Exemplary, that’s 19 of them, and Recognized, a total of 26. Although FBISD has 72 campuses, three of them were not rated, two learning centers and the Fort Bend County Alternative School.
With six schools comprising the school district, Stafford MSD has an accountability rating of Academically Acceptable, down one notch from its 2010 Recognized rating and matching that of FBISD. Only its Fort Bend County Alternative School was not rated.
Neighboring Lamar CISD’s accountability rating for 2011 is Recognized and unchanged from last year. This district has 36 schools, which received either Exemplary, Recognized or Academically Acceptable ratings with only one, the Juvenile Detention Center rated Academically Unacceptable.
Needville ISD, which has five schools, earned a Recognized rating, unchanged from last year. Its Fort Bend County Alternative School was also not rated.
One school district no longer in Fort Bend County is Kendleton ISD. Last year, the one school district’s accreditation was revoked by TEA citing low test scores and dwindling financial resources.
TEA’s 2011 accountability ratings for more than 8,000 public schools in the state show that the number of Academically Unacceptable schools rose and the number of Exemplary schools fell. FBISD said that this year, five more measures were included in the state agency ratings—Commended Performance in Math and Reading for All Students and Economically Disadvantaged Students, and the English Language Learner Progress Indicator. “The district rated Exemplary on four of the new measures and Recognized on the fifth,” it reports.
The overall decline in statewide ratings is being attributed to both the use of new measures and also doing away with the Texas Projection Measure said to inflate performance ratings.
For a complete list of the ratings of all of the 119 schools in Fort Bend County’s school districts, visit http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/cgi/sas/broker.