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.

TEA rankings

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

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