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Nine Austin ISD Schools Fail State Standards

Nathan Bernier/KUT
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90 percent of school districts in Texas met state standards, according to results released Friday by the Texas Education Agency.

Under a new rating system that began last year, schools are rated as Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required.

“Texans should be pleased to see the vast majority of districts, charters, and campuses are meeting the standards set in the second year of the state accountability system,” Education Commissioner Michael Williams said in a statement. “While the 2014 numbers are positive, the work continues in districts across our state to meet and exceed increasing state standards and the expectations of their local communities.”

In Austin, nine schools failed state standards: Four high schools, four middle schools and one elementary school. The schools include:

  • Travis High School
  • LBJ High School
  • Eastside Memorial High School
  • International High School
  • Pearce Middle School
  • Martin Middle School
  • Garcia Middle School
  • Mendez Middle School
  • Ridgetop Elementary School

In order to meet state standards, schools must pass four separate indexes: Student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.
Student achievement includes standardized test scores, while student progress monitors how much students improve in subjects year-to-year. The closing performance gaps index looks at the achievement of students in the lowest performance schools. And postsecondary readiness examines how ready students are to succeed after graduation. It will look at things like how many students took dual credit classes or did well in Career Tech. 

Austin ISD officials will holding a briefing at 1 p.m. to discuss district results.

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