Loose rules let Texas districts boost ratings by claiming military enlistments

Javob Carpenter:

In Hearne ISD, a rural school district home to about 800 pupils northwest of College Station, students have scored poorly on the state’s standardized tests for years, and 2019 was no exception.

In the past, Hearne’s abysmal test scores resulted in “improvement required” or failing grades from the state, prompting a gradual increase in state oversight of the rural district. This year, however, Hearne received a B rating under Texas’ A-through-F accountability system, one of the largest improvements in the state.