By Jackie Stone
Killeen Daily Herald
Twelve Killeen schools received the state's highest accountability rating in results released by the Texas Education Agency Friday afternoon, doubling the number of "exemplary" schools in Killeen Independent School District from last year.
KISD received largely positive news from the state's accountability rating system, which evaluates schools and districts based on the previous school year's drop out and completion rates and student scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test.
In addition to 12 "exemplary schools," KISD had 28 schools receive "recognized" status, eight schools rated "academically acceptable" and no schools rate academically unacceptable in the 2010 report.
The district overall was rated recognized, the first time it has achieved that status since before former superintendent Charles Patterson retired in 2004, said current KISD Superintendent Robert Muller.
"We're real pleased. We had more campuses receiving either recognized or exemplary, and I really think that's a credit to everyone working together and working really hard," he said.
Last year the district had six exemplary campuses and, on the other end of the spectrum, one academically unacceptable campus - Harker Heights High School.
In order to achieve the highest rating of exemplary from the Texas Education Agency, a school must meet standards including a 90 percent pass-rate on the TAKS test, or meet alternate standards set by the TEA.
Three of the exemplary schools - Cedar Valley Elementary School, Clifton Park Elementary School and Venable Village Elementary School - met TEA's highest standards in the accountability system. The other nine exemplary schools met the requirements of the Texas Projection Measure, which credits schools and districts for improving scores that the state projects will meet the current standard within two years.
"(TPM) shows that you are moving forward," said TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culberson. "It looks at a projection of growth, that within two years the campus is going to meet those standards based on student performance."
The TPM has sparked controversy in the media, as some say it inflates the number of highly rated schools and districts in the state.
In a press release that coincided with the release of statewide figures, Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said before next year's ratings come out, the agency will consider options to change the TPM.
Under the current system, 239 districts in the state were rated exemplary and 597 were rated recognized. Without the TPM measures, 72 districts would have been rated exemplary and 77 districts would have been rated recognized.
Killeen ISD - Recognized
Audie Murphy Middle: Academically Acceptable
Bell County Juvenile Detention Center: Academically Acceptable
Bellaire Elementary: Recognized
Brookhaven Elementary: Academically Acceptable
C E Ellison High: Academically Acceptable
Cedar Valley Elementary: Exemplary
Charles E Patterson Middle: Recognized
Clarke Elementary: Exemplary
Clear Creek Elementary: Recognized
Clifton Park Elementary: Exemplary
Duncan Elementary: Recognized
East Ward Elementary: Exemplary
Eastern Hills Middle: Recognized
Fowler Elementary: Recognized
Harker Heights Elementary: Recognized
Harker Heights High: Recognized
Hay Branch Elementary: Recognized
Iduma Elementary: Academically Acceptable
Ira Cross Jr Elementary: Recognized
Killeen High: Academically Acceptable
Liberty Hill Middle: Recognized
Live Oak Ridge Middle: Recognized
Manor Middle: Recognized
Maxdale Elementary: Recognized
Meadows Elementary: Recognized
Montague Village Elementary: Exemplary
Mountain View Elementary: Recognized
Nolan Middle: Recognized
Nolanville Elementary: Exemplary
Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary: Exemplary
Palo Alto Middle: Recognized
Pathways Learning Center: Academically Acceptable
Peebles Elementary: Recognized
Pershing Park Elementary: Recognized
Rancier Middle: Recognized
Reeces Creek Elementary: Exemplary
Richard E Cavazos Elementary: Exemplary
Robert M Shoemaker High: Academically Acceptable
Saegert Elementary: Exemplary
Skipcha Elementary: Recognized
Smith Middle: Recognized
Sugar Loaf Elementary: Recognized
Timber Ridge Elementary: Exemplary
Trimmier Elementary: Recognized
Union Grove Middle: Recognized
Venable Village Elementary: Exemplary
West Ward Elementary: Recognized
Willow Springs Elementary: Recognized