OGHS only high school to meet AYP in JWC

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

Orange Grove ISD is among the majority of school districts across the state of Texas that met federal Adequate Yearly Progress for 2007.

Eighty-eight percent of all school districts in the state of Texas can claim such an accomplishment.

OGISD superintendent Earl Luce said he is proud of the accomplishment of his teachers and staff, and very proud to say that Orange Grove was the only district in Jim Wells County to have their high school make AYP this year.

"We were very pleased with AYP this year," Luce said. "We still have some concerns in the mathematics area for some subgroups. Special education and economically disadvantaged are not as high as I hoped, but I'm still pleased with our accomplishment."

Luce said he was also pleased with the district's accountability rating this year.

Orange Grove Jr. High, Orange Grove Intermediate and Orange Grove Primary all received a Recognized rating from the state's accountability system.

Both Orange Grove High School and the district as a whole earned Academically Acceptable ratings.

"We'll continue to place emphasis on mathematics and science for the test," Luce said. "We have an excellent group of teachers who are responsible for the scores being as high as they are."

According to the Texas Education Agency, statewide 6,374 schools met AYP this year, which is a three-percent decrease over last year.

In order to receive the label "meets AYP," the schools and districts had to test 95 percent of their students, with 60 percent of their students passing the Reading/ELA test and 50 percent passing the mathematics exam. Schools and districts can also meet AYP by showing significant performance improvements.

In the immediate area, Alice High School failed to meet AYP this year. Premont ISD also failed to meet AYP this year for both reading performance and mathematics performance on the TAKS test.

Both BJ Junior High and San Diego High School missed AYP in mathematics, along with Ben Bolt High School, Agua Dulce Elementary, Premont High School and Premont Jr. High School. La Gloria ISD and La Gloria Elementary both met AYP this year.