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7/30/10

South Plains schools receive their report cards

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The day has come for school districts across the state to receive their report card. They come in the form of accountability ratings, released Friday by the Texas Education Agency.

These numbers not only determine performance, but sometimes the fate of teachers, principals and even superintendents.

According to the Texas Education Agency, the news is pretty good. The number of school districts receiving the lowest rating dropped since last year. While the number of school districts who achieved exemplary status more than doubled.

"We've added a science coordinator and that's where our biggest improvement was in science. I think the coordinator helped them a lot. We saw a 16 percent turn around in terms of science," says David Vroonland, Frenship ISD Superintendent.

Students take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Test (TAKS) for the state to measure each student's performance against standards set by the state. "We want to thank our community and our teachers and our leadership for embracing our vision and our mission to build a future one student at a time," says Vroonland.

The TEA released ratings for 239 school districts. Each district and individual school receives a rating: exemplary, recognized, academically acceptable or academically unacceptable.

The Lubbock Cooper Independent School District is excited because they received an exemplary status, which means they need to receive a 90% or higher for each sub category of their student groups in reading, math, social studies, writing and science. "For the first time since 2001 we have earned an exemplary rating. this has been a long term goal for us," says Berta Fogerson, Lubbock Cooper ISD Assistant Superintendent.

The Lubbock Independent School District received some heat for their academically acceptable rating, which is one step above the lowest. LISD refused our request for an on-camera interview and released a video statement instead.

"We were just at 3% points and one indicator from being recognized," says Lubbock ISD Superintendent Karen Garza.

The TEA has a complete list of all of the schools on their website. To see the list, (CLICK HERE).

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