Houston ISD earned a B rating from the Texas Education Agency for the 2021-22 school year as part of the agency's annual accountability rating process.

The ratings, released Aug. 15 for school districts and charter schools across the state, marked the first time letter ratings were handed out since before the coronavirus pandemic. HISD received an overall score of 88 out of 100, a rating based on a combination of state test scores; graduation rates; and college, career and military readiness outcomes.

In an Aug. 15 news release, district officials celebrated what they called "significant improvement in key accountability scores." HISD also received a B rating in the 2018-19 school year, the last time ratings were given out. However, 40 fewer campuses received a "Not Rated" label—a term applied to schools with ratings below 70 during the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile 43 fewer campuses received a C rating, 39 more campuses received a B rating and 39 more campuses also received an A rating when compared to the 2018-19 school year.

"We know we still have a lot of work to do, but the rating from the TEA is heartening and worthy of celebration," Superintendent Millard House II said in a statement. "Our students and staff have worked hard addressing learning loss, and our score is a result of their efforts."

In addition to the overall B rating, HISD received a C in student achievement, a B in student progress and a B in closing the gaps.

Student achievement: 78 (C)

  • This rating is based on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results. Graduation rates and how prepared students are for life after high school are also factored into this rating.

School progress: 89 (B)

  • This rating is based on how students perform over time, comparing their progress to districts with similar student populations.

Closing the gaps: 86 (B)

  • This rating is based on the district’s ability to ensure success for all student groups.

Elsewhere in the Greater Houston area, Spring ISD saw its rating improve to a B; Cy-Fair ISD received an overall score of 90 for an A rating; and Clear Creek ISD, New Caney ISD and Humble ISD were among the districts to also receive Bs.

Of the 25 schools in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas tracked by Community Impact Newspaper, 14 kept the same rating from the 2018-19 school year.

Black and Hogg middle schools both improved from a B rating in 2019 to an A rating in 2022, as did Helms, Poe and Sinclair elementary schools.

Love Elementary School jumped from a C rating in 2019 to an A rating in 2022. Meanwhile, the Gregory-Lincoln Education Center improved from a D rating in 2019 to a B rating in 2022.

Browning Elementary School also improved from a C rating in 2019 to a B rating in 2022.

Crockett Elementary School was one of the few schools to fall from an A rating in 2019 to a B rating in 2022.

Below, find a map of some of the schools in the local area colored according to their campus rating.