Three EPISD Schools Rated "Academically Unacceptable" in 2009 Now Improving
POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 9:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:04am
EL PASO - We can all agree that education is very important. But, what happens when some schools in your area are rated "academically unacceptable?" That used to be the case with three schools in the El Paso Independent School District.
Bassett Middle School, Guillen Middle School and Jefferson High School were rated "academically unacceptable" after at least 50 percent of their students failed a section of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in 2009. At least 50 percent of students at Bassett and Guillen failed the science section of the TAKS test that year. Those scores put them on the Public Education Grant (PEG) list, by the Texas Education Agency.
Parents whose children attend schools on the PEG list are able to request transfers to other district schools.
However, the schools have improved in the last two years. In 2010 and 2011, all three met the 50 percent passing requirement, and were rated "academically acceptable" or better. As a result of the improved scores, the EPISD expects the three schools to be taken off the PEG list next year.