Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:32:33 GMT
U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.Full Story >
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Nearly 900 schools across Texas have now been designated as under-performing campuses in a new list released by the Texas Education Agency on Thursday.
Of those, 66 campuses are in East Texas school districts.
For parents with students enrolled at those campuses, the designation provides them the option to transfer their children out of the underperforming school for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents have two options: transferring their children to another school in the same district, or applying for a seat at a school in a neighboring district. Neighboring districts receive extra funding for students outside the district, but they also have the option to decline the transfer application.
The TEA determines a school is under-performing if it meets one of two criteria. The first measure is if a school has more than 50 percent of its students failing any subject area on standardized testing for two of the last three years. The second measure is if a campus received a rating from the state designating the campus as "academically unacceptable" or "improvement required" in either 2011 or 2013.
Some of the East Texas school districts with campuses in the report include Longview ISD, Tyler ISD, and Nacogdoches ISD.
Districts say this information is nothing new to them and improvement plans have been in place for months.
"The plan is already in place it's been in place for several months and in some cases a couple of years," Longview ISD's Adam Holland said.
"Each campus has an improvement plan," Tyler ISD's Director of Assessment Karen Raney said. "Those are posted publicly and are monitored quarterly and people can see those activities that are going on to improve those campuses and see what progress is being made."
The TEA requires parents to be notified by under-performing schools about why the school made the list by February 1. Parents can then decide if they would like to make alternative plans for fall enrollment.
School campuses found to be under-performing in East Texas include:
Alto Elementary (Alto ISD)
Atlanta Middle School (Atlanta ISD)
Carthage ISD (Baker-Koonce Intermediate School)
Corsicana ISD (Sam Houston Elementary)
Crockett ISD (Crockett Elementary, Crockett Junior High, Crockett High School)
Cumby ISD (Cumby Elementary)
Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD (Daingerfield High School)
Texarkana ISD (Dunbar Int. Center, Highland Park Elementary, Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy, Westlawn Elementary)
Tyler ISD (Douglas Elementary, Griffin Elementary, Orr Elementary, Peete Elementary, Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs, John Tyler High School, Robert E. Lee High School)
Union Grove ISD (Union Grove High School)
Waskom ISD (Waskom Elementary)
West Rusk County Consolidated Schools (West Rusk Intermediate School, West Rusk Middle School)
White Oak ISD (White Oak High School)
A full list of schools on the list in the state can be found here.
Tyler ISD said although the Public Education Grant allows for transfers within the district, they said due to space they cannot approve those transfers.
Tyler ISD has announced that a public hearing on the results of the 2012-2013 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) will be held Monday at 11 a.m. during Tyler ISD's board meeting. The district will be presenting and discussing STAAR test results.
Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:32 GMT
A part-time computer science UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17.Full Story >
A UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17 Russ is a part-time computer science professor at UC.Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:29:04 GMT
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here.Full Story >
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