Jacinto City Elementary, MacArthur Elementary and Tice Elementary achieved the status of Exemplary according to the state’s accountability rating system released today. In addition to the three exemplary campuses, eight Galena Park ISD schools were rated as Recognized and all others were rated as Acceptable. No GPISD campus was rated as Academically Unacceptable. The district received an Acceptable rating.
Recognized campuses include Freedom Elementary, Havard Elementary, Purple Sage Elementary, Pyburn Elementary, Cobb Sixth Grade Campus, Galena Park Middle School, North Shore Middle School and Woodland Acres Middle School.
Schools that earned an Exemplary rating had passing rates of 90 percent or more on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for all students and each student group (African American, Hispanic, White and Economically Disadvantaged).
The 2007 ratings required passing rates of 75 percent or more on TAKS for all students and each student group for schools to achieve a Recognized rating. This is an increase from a passing rate of 70 percent the previous year.
“We are very pleased that the number of Exemplary campuses increased from one in 2005-2006 to three in the 2006-2007 school year and that district scores as a whole increased in several areas, especially in mathematics. These improvements would not be possible without the hard work by our students, principals, teachers and staff members,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “We put a tremendous amount of focus on math during 2006-2007 and those efforts paid off as the improved TAKS scores indicate. We want to ensure that our students have every opportunity to succeed and to support that goal we are concentrating on helping students obtain a better grasp of science during the coming school year.”