EDUCATION

The Killeen Independent School District and other local districts will receive performance rankings June 4 as the school year ends in Texas.

The rankings are being conducted by Children at Risk, a Texas-based nonpartisan research organization, that will be releasing school rankings for the 12th consecutive year.

Children at Risk’s mission is to serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.

The rankings’ main purpose is “to serve as an accessible guide for parents, educators, and community members on the performance of local schools and to spark important community dialogue on the quality of public education in Texas,” according to the organization.

Rankings for schools in major metropolitan areas like Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin have already been released.

CRITERIA

The rankings evaluate various criteria, including: student achievement on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness reading and math tests, campus performance, growth index and college readiness.

The organization says the study aims to “generate conversations not just about the data used in the ranking, but around how schools and districts are performing overall in creating college-ready students.”

2016 RESULTS

Last year, on average, Killeen Independent School District schools fared better if they were at Fort Hood, in Harker Heights or Nolanville. Killeen elementary, middle and high schools scored lower.

Nine KISD elementary schools received an “A. Seven received a “B.” Five received a “C.” Eight received a “D,” and two — East Ward and West Ward — failed.

In addition to the letter grade, the Killeen ISD schools were ranked in comparison with 4,188 elementary schools statewide.

Three out of four Killeen ISD high schools failed, according to the study. Harker Heights High School fared the best, receiving a passing “C” grade and a ranking of 671 out of 1,159 high schools in Texas.

Ellison, Killeen and Shoemaker high schools received an “F” grade, with all three schools ranked among the 200 lowest scoring Texas high schools.

All Copperas Cove Independent School District schools received passing grades. Copperas Cove High School received a “C.”

254-501-7568 | quinton@kdhnews.com

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