The numbers crunchers at Arlington schools are predicting that this year's state testing results will earn the district a near doubling of the number of campuses that are rated exemplary and recognized by the state.
The district, along with others in the county, recently received preliminary Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) results. According to Arlington, those preliminary results show the number of exemplary campuses will go from three to five when school accountability rankings are released in August. The number of recognized campuses will go from 15 to 30, they said.
The Texas Education Agency expects to release state-wide preliminary TAKS results early next week, according to a spokeswoman there.
"That was a weak point for us, but all the schools got in there and did a lot of activities that emphasize science," he said. "We focused on it and we saw results."
McCullough has set a goal of attaining recognized status for the district. That will not happen this year. Officials said the district's science scores were not high enough to be considered for recognized status. Also, for a district to be recognized, no campus can be ranked academically unacceptable and one junior high in the district will miss the mark this year, McCullough said.
"We're going to get there," McCullough said. "Our focus is on instruction and we're going to keep that focus."
Arlington is currently ranked academically acceptable.
Want to see how your school did? Here's the district press release.