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East Texas school officials hear state plan to improve ratings

East Texas school officials hear state plan to improve ratings
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:33am

UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:44am

KILGORE — Texas Education Agency officials Thursday outlined how the state agency will intervene in districts and schools that received an Improvement Required rating under a new accountability system implemented this year.

TEA officials said in August that the system did not create a clean slate, and this week, officials revealed interventions that vary based on the number of years a campus has been academically unacceptable or rated improvement required.

White Oak ISD and White Oak High School, Tatum ISD and Leverett’s Chapel ISD and high school did not meet standard. The Longview district met standard but had three schools that did not — Forest Park Middle School and Johnston-McQueen and Ware elementary schools.

Administrators from those districts were at the Region 7 Education Service Center in Kilgore to learn about steps each is required to implement this year, from monitors on campus to the formulation and implementation of campus improvement plans.

Presented by the Texas Center for District & School Support, the teaching arm of Region 13 in Austin, the meeting provided administrators with deadlines and requirements for filing paperwork.

“We had identified the issue before this rating was released, but going through this process will reinforce our efforts to provide a monitoring system to ensure higher numbers in the recommended/ distinguished, endorsements categories,” White Oak ISD Superintendent Mike Gilbert said at the meeting. “We’ll use this training to better serve the students in our care.”

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