The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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January 11, 2014

TEA ratings put schools on list from older test scores



Marshall said the school district will continue to provide a “strong basic education and individualized instruction for students who have specific academic needs.”

Because of the confusion, Palestine ISD officials placed a link to the official TEA accountability documents showing that PISD met standards on the 2013 STAAR tests on the school district website's front page,

“The junior high not only met the standard, but they received a second positive mark for meeting the required improvement,” Marshall said.

Grapeland High School also not only met the 2012-13 Texas Academic Performance Report with a “Met Standard” rating, but received the following distinction: Academic Achievement in Top 25 Percent Student Progress.

Oakwood High School also met the 2012-13 Texas Academic Performance Report with a “Met Standard” rating and received a distinction award: Academic Achievement in Reading.

Crockett ISD met standards on both the high school and junior high school campus on the 2012-13 Texas Academic Performance Report — both campuses that had received Academically Unacceptable in 2011. Crockett Elementary School received an Improvement Required rating for 2013, because the STAAR/TAKS passing rate in writing was 50 percent or below for the tested grades at the campus.

The report relates to the Public Education Grant (PEG) program, created by the Texas Legislature in 1995. The PEG program permits parents whose children attend schools on the PEG list to request that their children transfer to schools in other districts.

By Feb. 1, districts must notify each parent of a student in the district assigned to attend a school on the PEG list. Based on the February list, parents may request a transfer for the following school year (2014-15 school year).

Under the PEG interdistrict transfer provision, a parent of a student enrolled in any of the campuses listed may make an application to attend a campus in any other school district for the 2014-15 school year. A school district chosen by a student’s parent under this statute is entitled to accept or reject the application for the student to attend school in that district but may not use criteria that discriminate on the basis of a student’s race, ethnicity, academic achievement, athletic abilities, language proficiency, sex or socioeconomic status, according to the TEA website.

District officials who believe extenuating circumstances exist that invalidate the listing of one of its campuses on the list, may write a letter to TEA addressing the concerns and requesting an exception to the PEG requirements, according to TEA's website.

Marshall said Palestine ISD would be filing paperwork with TEA to request the exception because Palestine Junior High School's accountability rating is now at an acceptable level.

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