Smith County school districts showed they are above average with seven of eight earning an A or B rating from the state for overall performance last school year. The state released its accountability ratings for the 2018-19 school year on Thursday.

Bullard, Lindale, Whitehouse and Troup school districts earned the A rating followed by Arp, Chapel Hill and Tyler ISDs with B ratings. Winona ISD received a C rating.

The ratings, which give each school district and campus a letter grade, measure schools on academic performance, progress, college career and military readiness and other factors. Charter schools, which are privately managed but publicly funded schools, also were rated.

The system, in its second year, offers a letter grade for each district and campus. Accountability ratings previously included a “Met Standard” or “Improvement Required” label. Letter grades of “F” are now considered as having not met state standards. Districts have until Sept. 13 to appeal ratings for low-performing campuses.

Only 301 of the state’s 1,201 districts and charter systems received an “A” rating. The most common rating was a “B,” according to data from the Texas Education Agency.

Campuses also can earn distinctions in subject matter, improvement and top 25% performance. Districts can earn a distinction label for Post-Secondary Readiness. Distinctions earned are marked with a green “check” mark.

Tyler ISD earned a record 45 distinctions this year, up from 33 in 2017-18.

The overall grade in the A-F system is based on four indexes — student achievement, student growth, performance compared with other districts with similar rates of economically disadvantaged students, and how well districts closed performance gaps. The overall score and letter grade is an average of the highest of the first three categories and the fourth.

After receiving “Met Standard” ratings for all campuses last year, for the first time in five years, Tyler ISD saw Hogg Middle School fall to an “F” letter grade by a single percentage point. However the district’s overall performance jumped an entire letter grade from a “C” to a “B.”

Under the rating system a “C” is considered average.

Winona ISD also has a reason to celebrate, after pulling its elementary school from an “Improvement Required” and “F” grade to a “B” in two years.

To search for districts or campuses, visit TX schools.org.

TYLER ISD — Overall Grade: B

Elementary campuses

  • Bell: B
  • Distinctions: Math, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Birdwell: B
  • Distinctions: Math, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth
  • Bonner: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Caldwell: B
  • Distinctions: Math, ELAR/Reading, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Clarkston: D
  • Dixie: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth
  • Douglas: B
  • Jack: A
  • Distinctions: Science, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Griffin: C
  • Jones: D
  • Owens: B
  • Orr: C
  • Peete: C
  • Ramey: C
  • Distinctions: Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Rice: C
  • T.J. Austin: D
  • Woods: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, Post-Secondary Readiness

Middle Schools

  • Boulter: D
  • Hogg: F
  • Hubbard: C
  • Moore: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Three Lakes: C

High Schools

  • Early College High School: A
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • John Tyler: C
  • Distinctions: Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Robert E. Lee: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies, Post-Secondary Readiness

Other

  • RISE Academy: D
  • St. Louis Early Childhood Center: B

SMITH COUNTY

Arp ISD — Overall Grade: B

  • Arp Elementary: C
  • Arp Junior High: B
  • Distinctions: ELAR/Reading
  • Arp High School: B
  • Distinctions: ELAR/Reading

Bullard ISD — Overall Grade: A

  • Bullard Early Childhood Education: B
  • Bullard Primary: B
  • Bullard Elementary: B
  • Bullard Intermediate: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Bullard Middle: A
  • Distinctions: ELAR/Reading, Math, Social Studies, Top 25% Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Bullard High: A
  • Distinctions: Top 25% Closing Gaps

Chapel Hill ISD — Overall Grade: B

  • Jackson Elementary: C
  • Wise Elementary Fine Arts Magnet: C
  • Kissam Intermediate: D
  • Chapel Hill Middle School: C
  • Chapel Hill High School: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies

Cumberland Academy — Overall Grade: C

  • Leadership Academy: C
  • Cumberland Academy: C
  • Cumberland Academy Middle: C
  • Distinctions: Science
  • Cumberland Academy High: C

Lindale ISD — Overall Grade: A District Distinction for Post-Secondary Readiness

  • College Street Elementary: B
  • Distinctions: Math, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Velma Penny Elementary: A
  • Distinctions: Math, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Early Childhood Center: A
  • E.J. Moss Intermediate: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, Top 25% Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Lindale Junior High: A
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps, Top 25% Growth
  • Lindale High School: A
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps

Tyler Classical Academy: B

Distinctions: ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth Tyler Classical Academy was a K-9 campus for 2018-19 and will add 10th grade for 2019-20.

  • This campus is part of the Texas College Preparatory Academies, which is based in Dallas. It’s the only Tyler campus.

Winona ISD — Overall Grade: C

  • Winona Elementary: B
  • Distinctions: Top 25% Growth, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Winona Middle School: F
  • Winona High School: C

Whitehouse ISD — Overall Grade: A District Distinction for Post-Secondary Readiness

  • Brown Elementary: B
  • Distinctions: Math, ELAR/Reading, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Growth
  • Cain Elementary: A
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps, Top 25% Growth
  • Stanton-Smith Elementary: A
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps, Top 25% Growth
  • Higgins Elementary: A
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps, Top 25% Growth
  • J.W. Holloway 6th Grade School: B
  • Distinctions: Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Whitehouse Junior High: A
  • Distinctions: Math, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Whitehouse High School: A
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, Social Studies, Top 25% Closing Gaps

UT Tyler University Academy — Overall Grade: A

Formerly known as UT Tyler Innovation Academy

  • UT Tyler Innovation Academy – Tyler: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Social Studies.
  • UT Tyler Innovation Academy – Palestine:
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps, Top 25% Growth
  • UT Tyler Innovation Academy – Longview: A
  • Distinctions: ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Academic Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness

OTHER DISTRICTS

Brownsboro ISD — Overall Grade: B

  • Brownsboro Elementary: D
  • Brownsboro Intermediate: C
  • Brownsboro Junior High: A
  • Distinctions: Science, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Academic Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Brownsboro High: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Social Studies, Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Chandler Elementary: C
  • Distinctions: ELAR/Reading
  • Chandler Intermediate: C

Canton ISD — Overall Grade: A

  • Elementary: B
  • Intermediate: B
  • Junior High: B
  • Distinctions: ELAR/Reading, Social Studies, Post-Secondary Readiness
  • High: B
  • Distinctions: Math, Top 25% Growth

Henderson ISD — Overall Grade: A

  • Wylie Primary: B
  • Wylie Elementary: B
  • Distinctions: Math, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Northside Intermediate: B
  • Distinctions: Math, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness, Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • Middle: C
  • High: B
  • Distinctions: Math, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies, Top 25% Closing Gaps

Jacksonville ISD — Overall Grade: B

  • East Side: C
  • West Side: D
  • Fred Douglass: C
  • Joe Wright: B
  • Distinctions: Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Nichols Intermediate: D
  • Middle: C
  • High: B
  • Distinctions: Social Studies

Mineola ISD — Overall Grade: B

  • Primary: F
  • Elementary: F
  • Middle: B
  • Distinctions: Top 25% Growth
  • High: B
  • Distinctions: Science, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies

Rusk ISD — Overall Grade: B

  • Primary: B
  • Elementary: B
  • Distinctions: ELAR/Reading
  • Intermediate: C
  • Distinctions: Science
  • Junior High: B
  • Distinctions: Science, Top 25% Academic Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness,
  • Top 25% Closing Gaps
  • High: B

Troup ISD – Overall Grade: A

  • Elementary: B
  • Distinctions: Math, Top 25% Growth, Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Middle: B
  • Distinctions: Science
  • High: A
  • Distinctions: Science, Math, ELAR/Reading, Top 25% Growth, Top 25% Closing Gaps

Van ISD – Overall Grade: B

  • J.E. Rhodes Elementary: D
  • Intermediate: D
  • Middle: B
  • Distinctions: Science, ELAR/Reading, Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Junior High: B
  • Distinctions: Science, ELAR/Reading, Social Studies
  • High: B
  • Distinctions: Post-Secondary Readiness

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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