Three out of four Killeen hIgh schools failed a statewide school performance evaluation, according to results released Sunday.
Ellison, Shoemaker and Killeen high schools each received an “F” grade, with all three schools ranked among the 200 lowest scoring Texas high schools in the Children at Risk annual study.
Harker Heights High School fared the best in the Killeen Independent School District, receiving a passing “C” grade and ranking 745 out of 1,376 high schools across the state.
Copperas Cove High School scored slightly below average, receiving a “C-” grade and a ranking of 878.
Lampasas High School performed very well, receiving an “A” grade and ranking 147. Lometa High School performed poorly, receiving a “D” grade.
For more than a decade, Children at Risk — a Texan, nonpartisan research organization — has released school rankings so the public can better understand school performance.
The ranking system is based on a number of indicators including student achievement on STAAR reading and math tests, campus performance, growth index and college readiness.
The study includes elementary and middle schools.
According to the study, Killeen and Copperas Cove elementary schools fared better than middle school and high schools in those districts.
In the Lampasas and Lometa independent school districts, schools in Lampasas ranked better than those in Lometa.
Killeen elementary school performances took a small dip this year when compared to last year. Seven elementary schools received an “A” rank in 2017 as opposed to nine in 2016, six schools received a “B” rank, 10 received a rank of “C”, six received a “D” rating, and two schools — Sugar Loaf and West Ward — received a rank of “F.” The elementary schools were ranked against a total of 4,044 from across the state.
Copperas Cove elementary schools performed a bit better than Killeen elementary schools with Martin Walker receiving an “A+” ranking. Three other schools received a “B” rating and two scored a “C.”
Lampasas elementary schools performed nearer to the middle of the road, this year with one receiving a “B” ranking, “one receiving a “C,” and two receiving “D” ratings.