Park Independent School District
14705 Woodforest Blvd. w Houston, Texas 77015 w (832) 386-1231
Craig Eichhorn w Director of Communications

August 3, 2006


Galena Park ISD Students Make Strong Gains in 2005-2006 Accountability Ratings

The state accountability ratings, released Aug. 1 by the Texas Education Agency, show that Galena Park ISD students made tremendous improvement in almost every area of the state’s rating system during the 2005-2006 school year.

In addition to the gains that students made in the science, math, reading and writing portions of the TAKS exam, the number of campuses earning Exemplary or Recognized ratings improved as well. Sixteen of the district’s 22 campuses (76 percent) earned Exemplary or Recognized Ratings in the 2005-2006 accountability system, more than double the total from the previous school year.

“We are very pleased with the improvement that the students made and the long hours of hard work that were put in by them along with the teachers, principals and district staff members,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “However, we are not where we want to be and will continue to provide the necessary resources to make all of our students successful. Being successful in TAKS is the beginning of a successful academic career but is not the only measure of success. We encourage our students to become involved in some of the many extracurricular activities that are offered throughout the district and most of all, to obtain a high school diploma. That’s why our mission this year is Destination Graduation, an initiative that will emphasize the importance of graduating from high school.”