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Killeen, Cove districts pass new school rating standards

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:34 pm, Sat Aug 10, 2013.

Public school districts in Killeen and Copperas Cove met standards set by the Texas Education Agency’s new accountability rating system.

The agency Thursday afternoon released the 2013 state accountability system ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters in Texas. The 2013 ratings are based on a revised system under which Texas districts receive one of three ratings: met standard, met alternative standard, or improvement required.

Both the Killeen and Copperas Cove districts received a districtwide rating of “met standard,” according to information released by the agency.

“I am pleased that the Killeen Independent School District ‘met standard’ across all four of the new accountability system indexes.” Killeen Superintendent Robert Muller said in statement released Thursday. “This ‘met standard’ as well as the various distinctions awarded to different campuses validates that teachers, campus administrators and staff throughout the school district are focused on meeting the needs of all students.”

Nearly every Killeen district campus received a “met standard” rating. The only campus to receive an “improvement required” rating was Eastern Hills Middle School.

All 11 of the Cove district campuses met the state standard. The ratings for both districts mimic those at the state level, where just more than 93 percent of school districts and charters across Texas were awarded the “met standard” rating.

The 2013 ratings are based on a revised system that uses indicators such as student achievement, student progress, closing student performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. Due to the development of a new rating system, Texas districts did not receive ratings for the 2012 school year.

The new system, developed by the State Board of Education and Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, will likely continue to evolve.

Beginning in 2016-2017, districts will earn an A through F letter grade in accordance with the recently passed education reform legislation known as House Bill 5. State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, who authored the bill, said he thought the 2013 rating system was an improvement over its predecessors.

“Do I think it’s better than what we have? Yes I do.” he said. “I think it’s probably (more fair), and better than the (former) system.”

Area school district ratings

  • Killeen: Met standard
  • Coppperas Cove: Met standard
  • Belton: Met standard
  • Temple: Met standard
  • Salado: Met standard
  • Gateville: Met standard
  • Florence: Met standard

By The Numbers

  • 49 KISD campuses received a “met standard rating.”
  • 1 KISD campus received an “improvement required rating.”
  • 11 CCISD campuses received a “met standard rating.”

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