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MacArthur earns TEA ‘Recognized’ status

Aldine ISD District: Only ‘Acceptable’

The Texas Education Agency has announced report cards for area school districts, and the results are mixed for Aldine and North Forest ISD.

The state’s accountability ratings are based on the percentage of students passing the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, whether a school reached the state’s Required Improvement mark, and completion (graduation) rates for 2009.

Aldine ISD
Aldine had 29 Exemplary campuses (the highest rating available), 27 Recognized, and 4 Academically Acceptable campuses. As a district, Aldine was ranked Academically Acceptable.

Carver High School for Applied Technology earned Exemplary status. Their lowest test scored was in African American math with an 83% passage rate. They also had a 98.4% completion rate in 2009, or 185 out of 187 graduating.

The state breaks down test scores in four subgroups: African American, Hispanic, White, and Economically Disadvantaged.

MacArthur was ranked Recognized. Aldine got the Acceptable ranking. Nimitz also ranked Acceptable. Eisenhower’s failure to meet the required improvement levels helped give them an Acceptable rating. Among Ninth Grade campuses, Aldine, Eisenhower and Nimitz all hit Recognized status, while MacArthur got the top prize, Exemplary.

North Forest ISD

Despite 6 Recognized campuses and 1 Acceptable campus, as a district North Forest was declared Academically Unacceptable. They were 1 of 30 in the state to receive that ranking.

This was due in large part to the North Forest High School also making Unacceptable.

Students at the school failed to meet required improvements in 3 out of 4 areas in reading and all 4 subgroups in science. While an average of 48% of students passed the math test, they did meet required improvements in 3 of 4 areas.

The school posted a 61.1% completion rate in 2009. While up 2.1% from 2008, it failed to meet the state-required 8% improvement.

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