2 Hays CISD schools fail to meet state academic standards; San Marcos CISD passes

Hays CISD has hired two new principals.

Hays CISD has hired two new principals.

Updated 8/15/17 1:35 p.m for new information 

Two Hays CISD schools have failed to meet state academic standards under the latest accountability ratings released Tuesday.

Each year under the current accountability system, the Texas Education Agency rates schools on a meets-standards or improvement-required scale; however, in August 2018 the agency will be migrating to a new A-F rating system.

For the second year in a row, Hemphill Elementary made it onto the improvement required list. Science Hill Elementary was also on the list for its first time.

All other schools in Hays County were part of the nearly 95 percent in more than 1,200 Texas school districts that met the state’s standards.

If Hemphill or Science Hall continue to consecutively fail their academic evaluations for five consecutive years, under a 2015 law, the state could close the school and replace the school board with an appointed board of managers.

Hays CISD Spokesman Tim Savoy said that the board was made aware of the results in June and have since been developing improvement strategies to help these schools succeed in the future.

"We are considering adding academic coaches to the campuses and have brought in top performing teachers and staff members from other campuses to work at these campuses next year," Savoy said.

He added that the Texas Education Agency's review will help them identify what made these two campuses different in terms of testing results.

"We take the IR ratings very seriously, and we will be working very hard to make sure the campuses show significant improvements this upcoming school year," Savoy said.
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