Leander ISD receives a B from state; 23 schools receive an A

This story has been updated to include the score from Vista Ridge High School.

The Texas Education Agency has given 23 Leander ISD schools an A grade in the first official release of the agency’s A-F accountability rating system. Overall, LISD received a B grade—or 89 out of 100—in the 2018-19 rating, according to TEA. LISD also received an 89 for 2017-18.

The B district score shows no change compared to last year’s B score of 89 out of 100. In the three domains the TEA uses to measure a district, LISD received an A for student achievement (94), a B for school progress (89) and a B for closing the gap (89)—improving in two areas and matching one area from 2017-18 (93, 87, 89).

River Ridge Elementary School received the highest score—a 96—in LISD.

One school in the district received a D. Christine Camacho Elementary School scored a 68 out of 100, improving upon last year’s failing grade.

No LISD schools received a failing grade this year.

Here is the list of LISD schools by grade:

A: River Ridge Elementary School (96), Canyon Ridge Middle School (95), Stiles Middle School (95), Deer Creek Elementary School (95), Rutledge Elementary School (95), Vista Ridge High (95), New Hope High School (94), Cedar Park Middle School (94), Henry Middle School (94), Bush Elementary School (94), Cedar Park High School (93), Cypress Elementary School (93), Cox Elementary School (93), Parkside Elementary School (93), Rouse High School (93), Vandegrift High School (94), Akin Elementary School (92), Leander High School (91), Grandview Hills Elementary School (91), Whitestone Elementary School (91), Steiner Ranch Elementary School (91), Four Points Middle School (90), Winkley Elementary School (90)

B: Westside Elementary School (89), Reagan Elementary School (88), Block House Creek Elementary School (87), Naumann Elementary School (87), Leander Middle School (86), Reed Elementary School (86), River Place Elementary School (86), Wiley Middle School (86), Running Brushy Elementary School (84), Faubion Elementary School (83)

C: Bagdad Elementary School (79), Glenn High School (77), Knowles Elementary School (77), Mason Elementary School (76), Plain Elementary School (75), Pleasant Hill Elementary School (73), Giddens Elementary School (70)

D: Camacho Elementary School (68)

N/A: Williamson County Academy, Williamson County Detention Center, Leander Extended Opportunity

In 2018, districts received a letter grade—A, B, C, D or F—for their accountability rating, while individual schools fell into one of three categories: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required.

For 2019, both districts and individual schools received letter grades.

For more information, visit www.txschools.gov.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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