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August 3, 2007

Orange County districts earn mostly favorable scores


By Tommy Mann Jr.

The Orange Leader



The 2006 - 2007 school performance ratings for Texas public schools were announced Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency.

Orange County’s five school districts, West Orange-Cove, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Bridge City, Orangefield and Vidor, met with mostly favorable results.

The TEA performance report uses wide range of information on the performance of students as the basis for rating school districts and each campus within a specific district in one of four categories: exemplary, recognized, acceptable or unacceptable.

The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District earned an Academically Acceptable rating for the fourth consecutive year.

Anderson Elementary earned an Acceptable rating in 2007, which is down from a Recognized rating in 2006.

Oates Elementary earned a campus rating of Acceptable this year as well. In 2006, the school was not rated because of Hurricane Rita-related issues.

West Orange-Stark Middle School earned an Acceptable rating for the second-straight year after receiving an Unacceptable rating in 2005.

West Orange-Stark High School earned the only Unacceptable campus rating in Orange County this year. This follows three straight years of Acceptable ratings by the TEA.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District earned an Academically Acceptable rating from the state for the fourth-straight year.

Leading the way was Little Cypress Elementary which earned an exemplary rating, the only Orange County school to earn such a rating in 2007.

This campus has earned either Exemplary or recognized status for four consecutive years.

Mauriceville Elementary earned an Acceptable rating in 2007 after three straight years of being a Recognized campus.

Little Cypress Intermediate improved in 2007 by becoming a Recognized school. The previous three years the campus was rated Acceptable.

For the second consecutive year, Mauriceville Middle School has earned a Recognized rating from TEA.

Little Cypress Junior High earned an Acceptable rating for the fourth-straight year, while Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School earned an Acceptable rating for the third straight year.

Bridge City Independent School District earned an Academically Acceptable rating in 2007, dropping from Recognized status in 2006.

Hatton Elementary, Sims Elementary and Bridge City Intermediate all earned Acceptable ratings this year, which is down from 2006 ratings as Recognized campuses.

Bridge City Middle School maintained its Acceptable rating for the fourth-consecutive year, while Bridge City High School earned an Acceptable score for the third-straight year.

For the second-consecutive year, the Orangefield Independent School District earned a Recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency.

Orangefield Elementary campus earned a Recognized rating for the fourth-consecutive year, while Orangefield Junior High earned its second straight Recognized rating.

Orangefield High School earned an Acceptable rating for the third-straight year, which helped the district achieve its mark.

The Vidor Independent School District has earned its fourth-consecutive Academically Acceptable rating from the state since 2004.

Vidor Elementary and Pine Forest Elementary schools earned a Recognized rating for the fourth-straight year, while Oak Forest Elementary earned its third-straight Recognized rating. Vidor Middle School earned Recognized status for the second consecutive school year.

Vidor Junior High School and Vidor High School both earned Acceptable ratings in 2007.

This is the second-straight year the junior high has earned this status and the third year in a row for the high school.

The Deweyville Independent School District, located in extreme south Newton County, earned an Academically Acceptable rating for at least the fourth-straight year.

Deweyville Elementary earned an Acceptable status this year, after being declared a Recognized campus in 2005 and 2006.

Deweyville Middle School improved over its 2005 and 2006 Acceptable ratings by earning Recognized status this year.

Deweyville High School, which also earned Acceptable ratings in 2005 and 2006, dropped to Unacceptable status in 2007.

Look for a complete story in Sunday’s edition of The Orange Leader with comments from school officials.



Reach this reporter at 409-883-3571, Ext. 2619 or tmann@orangeleader.com