TEA releases report cards on local schools

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- TEA Accountability Ratings are out, Ector County Independent School District Interim Superintendent Hector Mendez, held a press conference to discuss the Odessa scores.

Overall ECISD is making the grade. Reagan Elementary earned an exemplary distinction and the state recognized, Gale Pond Alamo, Gonzales, Sam Houston, Ross and Travis.  Twenty Six other schools are passing but Bowie Junior High is earning a failing mark.

"We are committed to improvement; obviously if I was a parent there I would have a concern. We acknowledge that.  I may personally visit with the parents to assure them we have a good school there," said Mendez.

It's the first year Bowie didn't pass now the state will step in the take a closer look at the school.

"We have a lot of work to do and we have already rolled up our sleeves and made a commitment to that," said Mendez, "What are the strengths, Obviously there are good things going on and we want to maintain those."

Interim Superintendent Mendez says while Bowie isn't getting a passing grade, they missed the mark by one point in just one area, Social Studies.   He hopes the data will move the district forward.

So how did the Midland School District fair? 18 campuses passed, but eleven Midland schools really stood out. Here are the schools the states recognized list: Dezavala, Fannin, Milam, Emerson, Scharbauer, Bush, GreatHouse, Washington, Pease, Brooks, and Alamo, but two schools received a failing grade. San Jacinto Junior High and Parker Elementary are considered academically unacceptable. NewsWest 9 contacted the Midland School District Wednesday.   No one was available to talk about the TEA ratings.

Two schools is Big Spring received great marks from the TEA.  Kentwood and Washington Elementary were both recognized.   All five other Big Spring schools were academically acceptable.

Charter schools also passed the test.   Eagle Academies of Texas in Midland and the Richard Milburn Academy in Midland and Odessa were all academically acceptable. One charter school stood out though, Midland Academy Charter School was considered recognized by the TEA.