Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the districts for Cove Charter Academies and Taylor Creek.
A Houston-based research and advocacy organization released its annual rankings for Texas schools recently, and no Killeen or Copperas Cove school received a grade of “A.”
The highest ranked schools overall were Clear Creek Elementary in Killeen and Martin Walker Elementary in Copperas Cove. Both scored a B+, according to the rankings by Children at Risk, a nonprofit that ranks schools in the stare annually.
Copperas Cove High School received the highest ranking for a high school with a C+. Harker Heights High School received a D, Ellison High School received a D-, and Killeen and Shoemaker high schools received a F.
Two KISD elementaries — East Ward and West Ward — also scored Fs. The scores are a contrast from two years ago, when eight KISD schools — most of them on Fort Hood — scored an A.
According to Children at Risk, 1,104 schools in the state received an A this year, out of 8,106 schools reviewed.
KISD ranked 805th out of 1,039 districts in the state, according to the Children at Risk. Cove ISD was ranked 688th.
Copperas Cove teachers were made aware of the scores and they are designing instruction to help students improve, Cove ISD officials said in a statement Tuesday.
“The state assessment scores should inform our decisions and actions; however, they do not tell the whole story of the students and staff in CCISD.” said Amanda Crawley, CCISD superintendent of instructional services, via email.
“We have outstanding educators working with our amazing students day in and day out,” she said.
Killeen ISD could not be reached for comment.
Children at Risk is a “non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children,” the organization’s website said.
It began assigning grades to schools in 2006. The letter grades released by Children at Risk differ from those released by the Texas Education Agency.
Children at Risk calculates the grade by analyzing the STAAR scores, how students improve their STAAR scores, and how a school’s test scores compare to schools with similar poverty levels. For high schools, the organization also factors how many students graduate on time and participate in college readiness activities.
There are many factors that go into a school receiving a grade of “N/A,” including missing data or too small of a sample size, according to Jodi Moon with Children at Risk.
The school grades can be viewed at texasschoolguide.org.