AISD Schools Avoid Repurposing
TAKS scores are up
Austin ISD parents may breathe a little easier: It looks like there will be no state-ordered campus repurposing this year. On June 3, the Texas Education Agency released the preliminary Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills scores, which saw performance for all groups in all subjects remain static or increase. AISD board of trustees President Mark Williams said, "The scores represent quite an achievement and a lot of work from students and staff, so congratulations are in order." Last year four high schools (Reagan, Travis, LBJ, and Eastside Memorial) and five middle schools (Garcia, Lamar, Martin, Mendez, and Pearce) were classified as "academically unacceptable" as a result of their TAKS scores. If the current results hold, only one – Green Tech at Eastside Memorial – will have failed to reach the minimum standard of "academically acceptable." With their improved scores, the two campuses most in danger of mandatory state-ordered repurposing – Reagan and Pearce – seem to have avoided that threat this year. "The temperature might be lower," Williams said, "but no one is saying, 'Status quo is fine.'" That's why on June 7 the board approved a measure to restrict Pearce to grades seven and eight next year as the first stage in converting it to fit into the new Pre-K-8 Early College Initiative.
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