Seven HISD schools got some good news just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays: they have won their appeals to the State of Texas and have earned higher academic ratings, including five schools that are getting off the state’s “Unacceptable” list.
As a result of appeals to the Texas Education Agency, five HISD schools have moved from the rating of “Academically Unacceptable” to “Academically Acceptable”: R. P. Harris Elementary, E. O. Smith Education Center, Johnston and Welch Middle Schools , and Lee High School . Three of the schools, Lee, Johnston, and Welch, won the higher ratings after the TEA agreed that a few students originally counted by the state as dropouts were not dropouts at all.
One school, Lanier Middle School, moved from “Acceptable” to “Recognized,” and T. H. Rogers Middle School earned a spot on the coveted list of “Exemplary” schools, the state’s highest-rated schools.
The moves mean that now 88 percent of HISD schools made the grade under the Texas accountability system in 2005, earning ratings of Acceptable or better. The successful appeals reduced the number of Unacceptable schools in HISD from 36 to 31.
Special thanks to blogHOUSTON for pointing me to this news.