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District misses Exemplary by three-tenths of a percentage point – plans appeal

July 30, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Final ratings released today by the Texas Education Agency show that Katy ISD earned a Recognized rating for the third straight year, even without the Texas Projection Measure (TPM).  

Although preliminary results initially pointed to an Exemplary rating for the 2009-10 school year, and while test scores placed the district at the Exemplary level, the district fell short of earning the higher rating by 0.3 of a percentage point because the completion rates for Hispanic and Economically Disadvantaged students fell just below 95 percent, the state’s requirement for Exemplary.  

According to the data submitted to the TEA, the district missed the completion rate by a total of five students. A review of the data submitted, however, shows that a group of students (some of whom were Hispanic and/or Economically Disadvantaged) who graduated between June and August of 2009 were not included as graduates in the district’s submission to the state. Had the students been noted as graduates, the district would have surpassed the 95 percent completion rate and been rated Exemplary. An appeal will be filed with the state based on this finding. 

“I am extremely pleased with the way our students and teachers performed and the fact that our test scores are at the Exemplary level,” says Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey. “Although our overall rating is currently lower than projected due to the misreporting of last year’s graduates, we are still excited that for the first time, every one of our campuses is rated either Exemplary or Recognized.” 

For the 2009-10 school year, 100 percent of Katy ISD campuses received a rating of recognized or above with 32 campuses receiving an exemplary rating (64%) and 18 campuses receiving a recognized rating (36%).  In addition, the district and all campuses have met 2010 Preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress.  

On the 2010 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), district-wide performance (including TPM) for all students tested in all grades reached the “Exemplary” level in reading/language arts (99%), math (96%), writing (99%) social studies (100%), and science (97%). Katy ISD reached the “Exemplary” level on all 25 TAKS performance indicators (five student groups tested in each of five subject areas). 

Katy ISD’s “Exemplary” campuses for 2009-10 are Alexander Elementary, Bear Creek Elementary, Cimarron Elementary, Creech Elementary, Exley Elementary, Fielder Elementary, Griffin Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Holland Elementary, Katy Elementary, Kilpatrick Elementary, King Elementary, McRoberts Elementary, Nottingham Country Elementary, Pattison Elementary, Rylander Elementary, Schmalz Elementary, Stanley Elementary, Stephens Elementary, Sundown Elementary, West Memorial Elementary, Williams Elementary, Winborn Elementary, WoodCreek Elementary, Beck Junior High, Beckendorff Junior High, Cinco Ranch Jr. High, McDonald Junior High, McMeans Jr. High, WoodCreek Junior High, Cinco Ranch High School and Seven Lakes High School. 

“Recognized” campuses are Franz Elementary, Golbow Elementary, Hutsell Elementary, Mayde Creek Elementary, Memorial Parkway Elementary, Morton Ranch Elementary, Rhoads Elementary, Wolfe Elementary, Cardiff Junior High, Katy Jr. High, Mayde Creek Jr. High, Memorial Parkway Jr. High, Morton Ranch Jr. High, West Memorial Jr. High, Katy High School, Mayde Creek High School, Morton Ranch High School and Taylor High School. 

Raines High School, the district-wide dropout prevention and recovery campus, received an “Acceptable” rating under state criteria for alternative education sites.

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