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Lamar CISD achieved Recognized status for the second straight year, continuing a history of academic success. This status came in spite of new measures added to the state's rating system, making it more difficult for schools and districts to earn this honor.
The Texas Education Agency rated 11 campuses as Exemplary and 13 as Recognized, meaning 75 percent of Lamar CISD schools are ranked in the upper tiers of the state's academic rating system.
Earning Exemplary status are Wertheimer Middle School and Austin, Bowie, Campbell, Dickinson, Frost, Hubenak, Long, Ray, Velasquez and Williams elementary schools.
Foster High School, Briscoe and Reading junior highs, Navarro and Wessendorff middle schools and Hutchison, McNeill, Meyer, Pink, Seguin, Smith, Thomas and Travis elementary schools are ranked Recognized.
Lamar CISD's other 8 campuses are ranked Academically Acceptable.
"We are proud of maintaining our Recognized status and continue to strive towards even higher goals," said Dr. Thomas Randle, LCISD Superintendent of Schools. "We are committed to continued improvement as we analyze data and find innovative ways to meet the needs of our diverse population."
Across the state, fewer campuses achieved the Exemplary rating this year because the state no longer is using the Texas Projection Measure (TPM) to calculate accountability ratings. The TPM, developed by the Texas Education Agency, predicted whether a student who failed a TAKS test would improve over time and ultimately pass the test. For the past two years, those students were counted as passers.
Schools and districts faced higher standards this year in order to receive an Exemplary or Recognized rating. For first time, accountability ratings included test scores of special education students taking a modified or alternate version of the TAKS test. Schools and districts also had to meet two new additional indicators related to the progress of English Language Learners and the percent of students scoring at the commended performance level.
This year's accountability ratings will remain with the District and campuses for the next two years. The Texas Education Agency will not assign accountability ratings in 2012 while the state transitions from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing system to State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). A new accountability rating system will be developed to incorporate STAAR.
Call 832-223-0330 or go online to www.lcids.org.