All schools in Tomball, Magnolia ISDs meet accountability standards, 2 stand above rest


The Texas Education Agency released accountability ratings for the 2016-17 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 15. These ratings, which include designations of “met standard,” “not rated” or “improvement required,” demonstrate a district and its individual campuses’ performance over the past year.

The rating system is based on four areas that measure student performance, year-to-year student progress, academic achievement of certain student groups and postsecondary readiness, which measures high school diploma achievement and college, military or workforce readiness.

All campuses with Tomball and Magnolia ISDs received a designation of either “met standard,” “met alternative standard” or “not rated.”

In Tomball ISD, Northpointe Intermediate School and Creekside Forest Elementary School were two of the state’s more than 400 campuses that earned all of the possible distinctions awarded through the accountability system.

Additional campuses in Tomball and Magnolia ISDs received various distinctions, such as academic achievement in English language arts/reading, academic achievement in mathematics, academic achievement in science, academic achievement in social studies, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

In Texas, 95.3 percent of the 1,203 districts rated received a designation of “met standard” or “met alternative standard.” Only 3.7 percent of districts received an “improvement required,” which is fewer districts (4.7 percent) than received an “improvement required” in 2015-16. The remaining two districts were not rated.

Of the 8,757 campuses in Texas, 89.4 percent “met standard” or “met alternative standard.” Only 4.2 percent of campuses were designated as “improvement required.” The remaining 6.3 percent of campuses was not rated.

Additional information about the 2017 accountability rating system and campus distinctions can be found on the TEA’s website.


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Emily Donaldson
Emily Donaldson is a recent transplant to the Austin area from Houston, Texas, where she started with Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016. Donaldson started covering public education in Cy-Fair ISD, the third largest school district in the state of Texas, and then she transitioned into her role as the company's legislative reporter, providing statehouse coverage for all 22 editions. Currently, she reports on the city of Round Rock and Round Rock ISD for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition. Donaldson graduated from the University of Missouri with bachelor's degrees in magazine journalism and political science.
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