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8/1/06

The State Ranks Lubbock Schools

The first day of school is less than two weeks away, and already districts across the state are being graded. The Texas Education Agency released its accountability ratings Monday afternoon. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta tells us how Lubbock area schools ranked.

The state gives the ratings based on the most recent TAKs scores. LISD, the county's largest district, increased its number of exemplary and recognized schools. But the state says LISD still has some improvements to make.

"We are very pleased, the trend is up and positive for LISD in our accountability rating and that's a great thing," says Nancy Sharp, LISD spokesperson. According to the Texas Education Agency, LISD showed an increase in academic progress across the district, when you compare it to last year. Here's how the score is broken down:

  • Three schools received exemplary status. Those are Murfee, Smith and Williams elementaries, that's two more schools than last year.
  • 17 schools were recognized.
  • 26 schools were rated acceptable.
  • Three school received an unacceptable rating. Parkway, Atkins and Estacado High School are classified as low performing because of low TAKS scores.

"This is good diagnostic information to know how a particular student is doing and what areas those students need reinforcement in. We'll be pushing hard to continue our trends in a positive direction," says Sharp.

In Lubbock County two other major districts also showed improvement. Cooper received a recognized rating. One Cooper school, Lubbock Cooper North Elementary was named exemplary. Frenship is also recognized. One Frenship school, North Ridge Elementary is exemplary. No cooper or Frenship schools were named unacceptable.

Rise Academy was the only district in Lubbock that received exemplary status. To find out how your school is ranked, (click here) and search by county.

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