Science brought the Rockwall school district down.
The district missed an exemplary state ranking because of the science scores of black students, according to the Texas Education Agency. The district remains recognized.
Still, 79 percent of black students passed the science TAKS in 2009-2010, compared to 73 percent last year, TEA records show.
The district would have been exemplary if more students had passed, said Debbie Koehn, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
The percent passing was up in every category, except one. The percent of economically disadvantaged students passing writing dropped from 95 to 94 percent.
Scores for white, black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students in reading, math, social studies and science are used to determine state rankings.
Williams Middle School was the only school to change moving from recognized to exemplary, Koehn said.
It went from exemplary to recognized. The other campuses kept their exemplary or recognized status.
But at 10 of the schools, however, they kept their rankings because of scores enhanced by the Texas Projection Measure.
The controversial TPM gives schools credit for students who didn’t pass the test but made enough improvement to predict they would pass later.
Koehn said she thought using the TPM is fair because it gives credit for improvement.
“Students need to know and feel good about making progress. I think that’s important, Koehn said. “It’s also good for teachers.”
The rankings are based on the percent passing the state’s Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills and the dropout rates. They were released Friday.
Districts and schools are ranked exemplary, recognized, acceptable or academically unacceptable.