By CHRIS TOMLINSON
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Education Agency says 92% of districts and nearly 85% of Texas schools meet the state's minimum standards.
The agency released ratings for schools and districts using a new accountability system on Thursday.
Education Commissioner Michael Williams scrapped the old system that relied on standardized test scores and did away with the old ratings. The new accountability system uses test scores, graduation rates and college admission exams to calculate indexes for student achievement, student progress, student readiness for college or work and how well a school is helping disadvantaged children.
Forty-two percent of the state's schools won recognition for student progress, mathematics or English. The agency said 778 schools and 80 districts require improvement.
Williams said the results show Texas schools are providing a quality education.
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