Nine Tarrant County area school districts received an “A” grade from the state, including Aledo, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Keller, Grapevine-Colleyville, Southlake Carroll and Mansfield while Lake Worth received the lowest grade, a “D,” according to an analysis of accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency.
White Settlement, Arlington, Castleberry, Crowley, Everman and Fort Worth school districts received a “C” grade.
Tarrant County area district grades
The grades, announced by the Texas Education Agency, are part of the new A-F Public School Accountability System and are based largely on the results of the 2018 STAAR tests, or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, and the End-of-Course exams. Student achievement, student progress and efforts to close achievement gaps are known as “domains” that are used to calculate the A-F ratings. The formula also gives districts credit for college and career readiness, including students completing dual credit, earning associate degrees or industry certification.
An “A” represents exemplary work while an “F” grade is an unacceptable rating.
Under the 2018 A-F state accountability system, 153 school districts and district charters achieved an “A.”
Most public school districts received “B” grades — across the state 612 public school districts received a “B,” “C.” or “D.”
Ninety-two school districts and district charters that would have received ratings “B-F” were not rated because of a provision related to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the academic year.
In the Tarrant County area , 121 schools met standard with an “A-level” score. The highest scoring campuses were Mansfield’s Tarrant County College High School at Timberview and Southlake Carroll’s Old Union Elementary. Both of those schools received a 98 score.
The next highest performers scored 97 — Arlington’s Collegiate High School, Fort Worth’s Texas Academy of Biomedical Science and Marine Creek Collegiate High School, Mansfield’s Frontier High School and Southlake Carroll’s Senior High, Carroll Middle, Johnson Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Walnut Grove Elementary and Rockenbaugh Elementary.
All 11 Southlake Carroll campuses made A-level scores, according to the TEA.
Across the state, 293 campuses were listed as “improvement required,” and received scores 60 or lower which would result in an “F” letter grade. In the Tarrant County area, 27 public schools were rated as “improvement required” with scores ranging from 60 to 49.
Fort Worth’s J. Martin Jacquet Middle had the lowest score with 49. The middle school was among 11 Fort Worth schools listed as low performing. Seven high schools were listed as needing improvement: Birdville’s Shannon High School, Castleberry’s Reach High School and Fort Worth’s Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Polytechnic, Eastern Hills, Wyatt and Dunbar high schools.
In Lake Worth schools, the district’s three elementary schools were all listed as “improvement required.” Marine Creek Elementary received 50 — Lake Worth’s lowest.
New Rating Labels
▪ A (90-100): Exemplary performance
▪ B (80-89): Recognized performance
▪ C (70-79): Acceptable performance
▪ D (60-69): In need of improvement
▪ F (60 and lower): Unacceptable Performance