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TEA releases 2011 accountability ratings

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By Scott Harvey

– Despite revised rules by the Texas Education Agency, area school districts fared pretty well following Friday's release of the 2011 accountability ratings.

Schools are placed into one of four categories: exemplary, recognized, academically acceptable and unacceptable, which let parents know how their local school districts are performing.

In Hunt County, Lone Oak received the highest performance level of exemplary. In fact, Lone Oak was the only district in the core listening region to receive the status, compared to 19 last year. Of the ten school districts and one charter school in Hunt County, only two performed below average. The TEA rated Greenville ISD and Phoenix Charter School as a whole academically unacceptable. Of GISD's 13 campuses, six were rated unacceptable. All other districts in the county were rated at either acceptable or recognized.

Districts in Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Kaufman, Lamar, Rains, Rockwall and Van Zandt were all either rated acceptable or recognized; with Canton ISD, like Lone Oak, receiving exemplary status.

The two main regions that cover the North central and Northeast Texas areas are Regions 8 and 10. In Region 8, only one out of 47 school districts performed at the unacceptable level, with the remaining districts achieving acceptable status or higher. In Region 10, 8 out of 117 districts received the lowest rating. Together, Region's 8 and 10 make up 164 districts and 1,343 schools.

Find out where you school ranked at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2011/index.html

The accountability ratings are primarily based on student scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exams, but also look at dropout rates and completion rates.