District on probation fails to meet academic standard for state accountability ratings

District on probation fails to meet academic standard for state accountability ratings
Posted at 1:47 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:22-04

Ninety four percent of school districts and charters across Texas met standard after the academic accountability ratings were released on Monday.

Killeen, Waco, Midway, Temple, Robinson, La Vega and Belton ISD are some of the districts that met standards in our area. Two Waco ISD campuses, Waco High School and South Waco Elementary, were removed from the state's improvement required list after meeting standards.

Marlin Independent School District, which was at risk of closing last year, did not meet standards. The district still has the opportunity to appeal the decision but Superintendent Dr. Michael Seabolt said at this time, he doesn’t plan to appeal the ratings.

Seabolt, which joined the district before August of 2015, said he knew it would have been a long shot for the district to meet standards after one year.

He said the district has improved significantly in post-secondary readiness and student progress. However, closing performance gaps still remains an area for improvement.

Marlin ISD had a one year abatement with the Texas Education Agency that stated if the district received a preliminary "Improvement Required" academic accountability rating, a board of managers would be appointed to replace the board of trustees. If the district received a final "Improvement Required" accountability rating, the commissioner of education would order the district's closure, under the agreement.  

When the agreement was reached in November of 2015, Michael Williams was the Commissioner of Education. Mike Morath is the current Commissioner of Education.

A spokeswoman with TEA said the district still has an opportunity to appeal the preliminary ratings released Monday, which will become final in December. She said the status of the district would be discussed later this fall.

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