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August 3, 2008

Exceptions Boost Local & Statewide School Ratings (Texas)

Laurie Fox, Holly Hacker & Terrence Stutz:

More schools from North Texas and across the state improved their annual performance ratings this year helped by higher student test scores and, in many cases, special exceptions from the state.

A Texas Education Agency report Friday showed a slight decline in the number of school districts and campuses that were rated academically unacceptable, the state equivalent of an F.

Most of those were tripped up by poor showings in science and math on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, state officials said.

The number of schools getting the highest marks jumped from a year ago. Statewide, 996 out of more than 7,500 campuses – a record number – were rated exemplary, which is equal to an A. In North Texas, 260 schools hit that mark, up from 184 last year.

Three area districts – Highland Park, Carroll and Lovejoy – were named exemplary overall.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at August 3, 2008 4:33 AM
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