HISD To Announce School Ratings Today
The Houston Independent School District will announce today what representatives are calling a “record number” of Houston schools that have earned the state’s highest academic ratings.
At a rally at 1 p.m. today at Delmar Field House, 2020 Mangum (next to the HISD headquarters building), school leaders from across the city will come together to hear the announcement of the record number of “Exemplary” and “Recognized” schools at HISD this year. The Texas Education Agency will release the accountability results for schools statewide today as well.
“Our students have made enormous academic progress,” Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra said. “These ratings aren’t just good – they are historic.”
Among the success stories expected to be announced are the first comprehensive high school in HISD to earn the “Recognized” rating under the current state accountability system. The superintendent also is expected to announce four schools that have jumped all the way from a rating of “Acceptable” to “Exemplary” this year, and one middle school that is earning the state’s second highest rating of “Recognized” for the first time in its history. The superintendent also will recognize schools that have been taken off the state’s list of academically unacceptable schools.
West University Elementary has received an Exemplary rating for the past four years; Pershing Middle School has received an Academically Acceptable rating for the past four years; the Rice School has received a Recognized rating for the last four years; T.H. Rogers received a Recognized rating in the 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years and an Exemplary rating in the 2004-05 school year; Bellaire High School has been rated Academically Acceptable for the past four years; the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts has been rated Recognized for the past four years and Lamar High School has been rated Academically Acceptable for the past four years.