By Fernando Ramirez, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle
Schools across Texas recently earned bragging rights.
On Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency released a list of the best performing campuses in the state for the 2017 school year.
Each year, the TEA compiles a list of schools that aced the agency’s “accountability ratings,” or school report card. Schools can land on the list of distinguished campuses by earning seven “distinctions,” like academic achievement in mathematics.
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This year, more than 400 campuses received seven out of seven possible distinctions, which include academic achievement in English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, closing performance gaps, student progress and college readiness.
“Amazing work takes place in classrooms across our state every school day, but especially on these campuses where every possible distinction has been earned,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath in a prepared statement.
In the greater Houston area, dozens of schools made the list. Katy and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD each had eight distinguished campuses, more than any other school in Houston’s suburbs.
Of course, not everyone performed well in the state’s latest assessment of schools. Campuses that fail to meet state standards can face dramatic repercussions. In Houston, 10 long-struggling HISD schools fell short of meeting the standards this year, putting them at risk of state intervention or take over.