Junior high gets Acceptable rating

Staff Report, The Premont Journal

Annual academic ratings were released last Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency, and Premont High School received an Unacceptable designation.

The high school wasn't alone in failing to meet standards, Alice High School and Ben Bolt High School were also rated Academically Unacceptable, as was Benavides Secondary School, which is for grades seven through 12. According to the TEA, because of the five percent increase in ratings standards on TAKS, more schools and districts received the lowest rating.

This year, 288 schools, or 3.6 percent of the campuses, received a rating of Academically Unacceptable. There were about 179,000 students enrolled in these schools.

The three most common reasons for an Academically Unacceptable rating for campuses were: failing TAKS science only (65 schools); failing mathematics only (40 schools); and failing mathematics and science (21 schools).

There was some positive news for Premont ISD, the junior high and elementary were rated Academically Acceptable.

There were no Exemplary campuses in Jim Wells County. Ratings are based on student performance on the TAKS and the State Developed Alternative Assessment II (SDAA II), dropout rates and completion rates. Premont superintendent David Garza could not be reached for comment.