East Texas schools react to five-star rating system
A new report from the state combines academics with how much a school is spending and then gives them a rating based on a five-star system.
Jacksonville: 5 stars, Whitehouse: 4 stars, Bullard: 2 and a half stars, and both Tyler and Longview school districts: two stars.
Less than 4 percent of school districts in Texas got 5 stars, which means the school excelled in academics while keeping spending low. Jacksonville ISD was one of them. Jacksonville scored in the 84th percentile in reading and math. Superintendent Dr. Joe Wardell says, "I think we have just been really careful in the last several years and put the dollars where they needed to be-- in the classroom."
Tyler ISD scored in the 37th percentile in reading and math, and the report says the district's spending is high. TISD tells us in a statement: "While we have not had an opportunity to closely study the results, we are thankful that the state is attempting to provide us with help in this analysis."
Longview ISD also gave us a statement: "We hope to collect valuable information in our continued efforts to maintain academic excellence and financial efficiency."
Both Longview and Tyler school districts say the report is based on data that is two to three years old.
if you want to see how each school district fared in the report, go here: www.FASTexas.org.