TEA School Accountability Ratings Released

Some Panhandle schools are back on track in academics while others are falling behind.

Fannin Middle School is one of three Amarillo schools that are academically unacceptable to the Texas Education Agency.

Tascosa High and Caprock high also have that rating.  But the Amarillo district is not the only one the TEA says needs improvement.

In Hereford, the junior high is unacceptable.  So is Dalhart's junior high school.

But some schools have improved...

Like Boys Ranch High, which was unacceptable last year.  This year, it is acceptable.

So is Canyon's Arden Road Elementary, which went from unacceptable last year to exemplary this year.

Same with Amarillo's Travis Language Center, which became acceptable this year after being unacceptable last year.

All Highland Park schools are recognized and Bushland and Dumas I.S.D. are recognized districts.

Perryton I.S.D.'s superintendent says he is pleased with his district's schools, and Pampa I.S.D. has its first exemplary school in six years.

Schools in Borger, Childress, Canadian, and Tulia also did well.

Ask school officials and many will tell you they had a boost this year with the Texas Projection Measure.

The measure allows a school to count students who failed the TAKS test as passing if they are on track to pass the next year.

In Amarillo, 27 schools received exemplary ratings, the most ever, due in large part to that measure.

In Canyon, almost half of its schools benefited from the measure.

We spoke with an Amarillo I.S.D. official who says the two high schools which are unacceptable this year were given that rating because of completion rates.

As for Fannin, she says there were not enough eighth grade students who passed the science portion of the taks test and that is why it is unacceptable.