(January 11, 2013)—Nearly 40 Central Texas schools made the list of the state’s worst public schools, clearing the way for students to transfer to other schools next year under the state’s Public Education Grant program, which the Legislature created in 1995.
Parents of children whose schools appear on the annual list may request transfers to schools in other districts for the next school year.
To make the worst-schools list, 50 percent or more of students at a school had to fail either the STAAR or TAKS test in two of the last three years or the school must have received an academically unacceptable rating over the last three years.
The state didn’t issue performance ratings in 2012 because of the launch of the new STAAR testing program.
The list includes Tyler Elementary School in Belton; Lamar Middle School, Scott Elementary School and Travis Middle School in Temple, and Brook Avenue Elementary School, Cesar Chavez Middle School, JH Hines Elementary School, Tennyson Middle School University High School and Waco High School in Waco.
Statewide, 456 campuses appeared on this year’s list, down from 566 in 2012.