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Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath came to and left the Greater Houston area Thursday without addressing one of the biggest issues on his agenda: the fate of Houston ISD’s school board.In the coming weeks, Morath likely will be forced to decide whether to replace all trustees governing Texas’ largest school district or close one of HISD’s most historic campuses, the consequence of historic Wheatley High School failing to meet state academic standards for a seventh consecutive time. While Morath was in no mood to discuss the looming decision following the release of academic accountability ratings Thursday — he hurried out of an Aldine ISD school without answering questions or making a statement on HISD — a review of comments by the commissioner, his top deputies and state education leaders offers insight into the likely process.  Barring a successful appeal of Wheatley’s grade, which became public Thursday, Morath is widely expected to strip power from the nine HISD trustees and appoint a new board of managers comprised of Houston-area residents. view article arw

Three formerly closed South San Antonio Independent School District campuses, dressed up with nearly $3 million in improvements, will welcome students Monday after a seven-month sprint by administrators to reopen them in time for the new school year. Edgewood, North East, Alamo Heights, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland and East Central independent school districts also start classes today, with several other districts starting the year in the next week. San Antonio ISD and others began last week. view article arw

It was an almost completely glorious day for Houston ISD Thursday as dignitaries, staff, district officials and true believers gathered at Kashmere High School to celebrate that school finally scoring a "C" in the state accountability ratings.  Because when you're looking at another "F," clearing the hurdles with a "C" is next to a miracle. U.S. Rep Sheila Jackson Lee and Mayor Sylvester Turner were among those addressing the packed room, praising all concerned including the students. As Turner put it, "Today is a big deal for the city of Houston as a whole." view article arw

With 16 Ector County Independent School District campuses receiving a failing grade from the Texas Education Agency this past week, Superintendent Scott Muri said there is immediate and long-term work to do. This is the first year the state has gone to the A-F grading system for campuses and districts. The district has 43 campuses, the TEA website details. Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said the district does not plan to appeal the ratings. view article arw

Just as quickly as the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its district ratings Thursday, Lewisville ISD released its thoughts on the system. For the second year the TEA assigned districts across the state with a letter grade based on three categories – all of which stem from student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. LISD, also for the second year, received a “B” with a composite score of 89 out of 100. view article arw

The largest school district in the Brazos Valley is welcoming kids back to school. Bryan ISD begins class on Tuesday, August 20. On Monday, Superintendent Christie Whitbeck appeared on Brazos Valley This Morning to talk about TEA ratings, Career Technology Education, and the bus system. view article arw

UISD earned the highest accountability score of all Texas school districts with more than 15,000 students. “We’re extremely pleased with our scores and want to continue to move forward and move up our scores,” UISD Superintendent Roberto Santos said. view article arw

With a new school year dawning just this past week, a much-anticipated report card of a different sort was released as the Texas Education Agency disclosed the 2019 A-F Accountability Listing for districts and campuses around the state. Each district and campus within each district receives a letter grade that measures overall performance. Letter grades also are given for specific areas: student achievement, academic growth, relative performance and closing achievement gaps. The ratings are meant to provide academic accountability scores for all public and charter schools. They are based primarily on performance on state standardized tests and graduation rates. view article arw

A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Sunday against Pearland ISD, a school discipline clerk, head principal Tony Barcelona, and teacher Jeanette Peterson after Peterson drew on a student's head with a permanent marker in May 2019. Peterson reportedly told seventh-grader Juelz Trice his haircut did not adhere with the dress code, and told him he would face discipline unless he allowed the shape of the hair carving to be filled in with a marker.   view article arw

Pre-K programs grow across county

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With the recent legislation increasing pre-K from half to full days, some school districts around the county have seen an increase in enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. Bridgeport ISD saw the largest increase in enrollment numbers with 104 children compared to 74 last year. Decatur ISD had 91 children compared to 69 last year. Paradise ISD had 31 students enroll for full-day pre-K, while Alvord actually dropped in numbers from 26 in 2018 to 16 in the 2019-2020 school year. view article arw

Addressing a joint luncheon of the Brownwood and Early chambers of commerce Friday, Early school Superintendent Wes Beck — one of three school chiefs who spoke about their school districts — began his time at the microphone talking about the Early district’s accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency. The district received an overall A for the second consecutive year, with a total score of 91. view article arw

Mineola: Mineola ISD made gains within the Texas Education Agency (TEA) A-F Accountability System for 2019. While MISD’s grade remains a B, the district saw a marked improvement in student achievement this year moving from 77(C) to 86 (B). view article arw


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If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. view article arw

Six Austin ISD schools in Central Austin received an F grade from the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 15, despite the district’s overall B grade. The schools are Andrews Elementary School, Burnet Middle School, Martin Middle School, Mendez Middle School, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Webb Middle School. Officials attributed the low grades, in part, to high mobility into and out of the district, while also emphasizing AISD’s commitment to social and emotional development, fine arts education and other programs that are not considered in the grading process. view article arw

For years, Stephens Elementary School in Aldine ISD has been defined by the challenges that it faces rather than its academic successes. Nearly 90 percent of its students are considered economically disadvantaged by the Texas Education Agency. Nearly half are English language learners. And to state education officials, the school was failing academically. view article arw

Foley & Lardner LLP issued the following announcement on Aug. 12. Partner Kay Schwartz was highlighted in the KWHI article, “Brenham ISD to Honor ‘Distinguished Alumni.” view article arw

The Harlingen school district scored just one point below an A this year. The Accountability Ratings just released by the Texas Education Agency shows the district scored a 94 for “Closing the Gaps,” 91 on school progress, and 85 on student achievement. The combined score came out to a 92. view article arw

This week school districts all over Texas got their scorecards back from the Texas Education Agency. A lot of districts saw improvements, but none as dramatic as Wink-Loving ISD. There’s something to be said about fast learners in Wink. Last year, Wink-Loving was hit with a devastating ‘F’ on their report card. view article arw

Staff and volunteers with the Manor Independent School District want students who dropped out during the 2018-19 school year to know a second chance is possible. On Saturday, district leaders, employees and volunteers went knocking on doors to re-enroll students who dropped out last year. Groups of three or four community members reached out to each student and provided resources, including packets with registration forms and information on other high school diploma programs.  view article arw

Of all the grades issued by the Texas Education Agency, two districts in Central Texas made whole letter grade improvements from last year: Hays CISD and Bastrop ISD. Notably, Hays went from a 77 to an 84, while Bastrop ISD went from a 72 to an 80. view article arw

Accountability ratings for school district across the state were released today by the Texas Education Agency. These set of state policies and practices measure and hold schools and districts responsible.  “We are very excited to announce our 2019 Accountability Score at the District Level of an 89 (B),” said North Lamar ISD Assistant Superintendent Angela Chadwick, Ed.D.  “We have worked hard to see a 12-point increase from the 2018 average.”  view article arw

The Texas Education Agency just released school report cards for 2019. Each school, or school district, can be found using the search function on Schools are ranked on an A through F system that focuses on measuring student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. view article arw

At least three Texas school districts — including the state's largest — will likely be forced to shut down their chronically underperforming schools or submit to state takeover, based on annual state ratings released Thursday morning. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency released its 2018-19 accountability ratings for school districts across the state Aug. 15. Carroll ISD received an A rating, the same score as the year before. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency has given 23 Leander ISD schools an A grade in the first official release of the agency’s A-F accountability rating system. Overall, LISD received a B grade—or 89 out of 100—in the 2018-19 rating, according to TEA. LISD also received an 89 for 2017-18. The B district score shows no change compared to last year’s B score of 89 out of 100. In the three domains the TEA uses to measure a district, LISD received an A for student achievement (94), a B for school progress (89) and a B for closing the gap (89)—improving in two areas and matching one area from 2017-18 (93, 87, 89). view article arw

White Oak ISD joined Spring Hill ISD with grade of A, while three other area districts came in with B’s in the latest grade reports for school districts. Texas Education Agency released its yearly accountability ratings for school districts across the state Thursday. The ratings cover the 2018-19 school year and grades schools on an A-F system. view article arw

Houston ISD moved closer to losing local control over its school board Thursday when one of its schools received a seventh consecutive failing grade, casting a pall over an otherwise banner day for the state’s largest school district following the release of 2019 academic accountability ratings. Scores unveiled Thursday show HISD’s Wheatley High School, a 92-year-old campus in Fifth Ward, again failed to meet Texas academic standards this year, likely triggering a state law that mandates severe sanctions against the district. Barring a successful appeal of Wheatley’s failing grade, which HISD leaders said is unlikely, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath must close the campus or replace the school board. view article arw

There’s now a second reason for the TEA to step in and take over HISD. Houston ISD moved a major step closer to temporarily losing local control over its school board Thursday, as long-awaited state academic accountability ratings showed one of the district’s longest-struggling campuses received its seventh consecutive failing grade, triggering a Texas law requiring harsh sanctions. view article arw

Houston ISD officials celebrated Kashmere High School in north Houston on Aug. 15, using its turnaround after eight years of underperforming as a symbol of what the district can accomplish. “With the right support, we have changed the narrative,” interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. The school gained 29 points in its annual Texas Education Agency accountability score, earning a passing grade of 78 after eight consecutive years of underperforming. view article arw

One of 14 schools in the Houston Independent School District received a failing grade from the Texas Education Agency despite the district’s overall grade of B. Deady Middle School, Edison Middle School, Fleming Middle School, Isaacs Elementary School, and Key Middle School were among the 21 HISD schools receiving an ‘F’ grade. view article arw

Belton ISD issued a statement on Wednesday ahead of the release of TEA's 2019 accountability ratings, which are expected to come out on Thursday. Belton ISD is celebrating a number of wins this year, including the district's overall score increasing 5 percentage points in one year, from 83 to 88 percent. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District received a higher accountability rating from the state this year, improving its overall score from a C to a B, according to the ratings released Thursday morning. This is the first year campuses also received A through F accountability ratings, which are largely based on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness from the state education agency. Districts received letter grades last year but schools did not. Of the 22 Waco ISD schools that were rated, five received B’s, including both University High School and Waco High School. Seven others received C’s, and seven received F’s. view article arw

Before classes are back in session, it’s schools that are getting their scorecards. The Texas Education Agency published scores for every school district this week. ECISD earned an overall ‘C,’ beating last year’s much more dismal ‘D’ score. view article arw

Plano ISD received an “A” for its overall accountability rating for the 2018-19 school year. This rating was given by the Texas Education Agency, which released ratings for school districts state-wide on Aug. 15. Here is how Plano ISD ranked under each domain: view article arw

HISD is celebrating its school accountability ratings released Thursday by the Texas Education Agency. The district received an overall grade of “B" and scored an 88 in the state's report card. Ninety-two percent of HISD schools (250 out of 271) earned a passing grade, but 21 campuses failed, according to the district.  view article arw