FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 8/10/2006
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Judy Everett Ramos, 817-399-2025
|District officials got some great news from the Texas Education Agency, just in time to begin the new school year: the excellent student performance during spring 2006 has led to higher ratings from TEA.
Students outperformed their peers across the state and in neighboring districts on the 2006 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exams, illustrating that HEB ISD continues to be a dominant force in the public education landscape.
The Texas Education Agency recently released official state ratings, and in the HEB ISD, 17 of the district’s schools received a “Recognized” rating based on student performance on 2006 state exams, eight received an “Academically Acceptable” rating, and for the first time under the more rigorous accountability standards, two schools received a rating of “Exemplary.” The district maintained its overall rating of “Academically Acceptable.”
These incremental increases will pave the way for the district to prepare students for a competitive future when they leave HEB ISD.
"We are proud of our scores and pleased at the dramatic improvement our schools have made,” Steve Chapman, deputy superintendent for instruction, said. “We are especially proud of the fact that we had improvement in every single area of TAKS for all student groups over the previous year. We also made significant improvement in science, where most of our student groups made double-digit gains."
“We missed becoming a ‘Recognized’ rated district by eight students,” Chapman said, underscoring the importance of providing that academic “edge” to all students, so they are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning.
Dr. Buinger, superintendent of schools, said that HEB students outperformed their peers in several categories.
“We outperformed the state in every grade level in math,” he said, “and we also outperformed the state in every grade level in writing, science, and social studies. We are preparing our children for a very competitive future.”
Board members were pleased with the results, and Dr. Jeff Burnett said, “The improvement that has taken place in this district is dramatic, and we want to commend you.”
School List and State Ratings
(in campus number order, as designated by state)
LD Bell HS - Academically Acceptable
Trinity HS - Academically Acceptable
KEYS Learning Center - Academically Acceptable
Central JH - Academically Acceptable
Euless JH - Recognized
Hurst JH - Academically Acceptable
Bedford JH - Recognized
Harwood JH - Recognized
Bellaire ES - Academically Acceptable
Harrison Lane ES - Academically Acceptable
North Euless ES - Recognized
Oakwood Terrace ES - Recognized
Shady Oaks ES - Recognized
South Euless ES - Recognized
Stonegate ES - Recognized
West Hurst ES - Academically Acceptable
Wilshire ES - Recognized
Donna Park ES - Recognized
Midway Park ES - Recognized
Hurst Hills ES -
Bell Manor ES - Recognized
Shady Brook ES - Recognized
Lakewood ES - Recognized
Bedford Hts. ES - Exemplary
Transition Program - Academically Acceptable
Spring Garden ES - Recognized
Meadow Creek ES - Exemplary
River Trails ES - Recognized
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