Granbury school officials are celebrating 2022 A-F accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency that show what Superintendent Jeremy Glenn called “tremendous growth in all areas.”
Baccus Elementary School showed the most improvement, scoring an overall rating of B after previously receiving an F.
That campus was just two points shy of an A.
The GISD as a whole received an overall score of 82, or a B.
The accountability ratings for districts and campuses have not been issued since 2019 due to COVID-19 pauses, according to the TEA. The agency issued a press release about the scores on Monday.
Established by House Bill 22 during the 85th Texas Legislature, the A-F accountability system provides a transparent view of the academic performance of Texas public schools based on three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps.
Across the state, 1,195 districts and 8,451 campuses were rated this year, with results indicating success in the state’s efforts to catch students up academically, according to the press release. To align with Senate Bill 1365, districts and campuses received an A, B, or C rating or were given a label of Not Rated.
Twenty-five percent of districts and 33% of campuses improved their letter grade from 2019, the TEA reported.
Granbury Middle School scored a D in 2019 but now has a C. With a numerical score of 78, the school’s grade is just two points under a B.
Brawner Elementary went from a C to a B, continuing the trend of missing an even higher grade by only two points.
STEAM Academy at Mambrino, Acton Elementary School and STARS Accelerated High School upgraded from a B to an A.
Oak Woods Elementary held onto its A and Granbury High School maintained its B.
School Board President Barbara Townsend said that improving accountability ratings is part of the district’s commitment to becoming “an education destination” – a school district that is a selling point for realtors.
The Granbury ISD received confidential final results of the A-F accountability ratings last week. They were not formally announced by the TEA until Monday.
Preliminary results were announced by Glenn and Stacie Brown, director of curriculum and instruction, at the School Board’s regular meeting last month, with Brown cautioning that the official results were not yet in.
Glenn said that the preliminary results were “outstanding news,” and the improvements were met with praise from school board members.
Trustee Barbara Herrington commended the “commitment” of teachers and principals.
“When you have a campus that jumps 30 points, that wasn’t an accident,” she said, referring to Baccus. “That was absolutely a hardworking group.”
Glenn said that the positive news helped “jumpstart” the school year, which for students will begin Tuesday.
Townsend said Monday that school board members are “just thrilled” with the scores.
“We didn’t only survive COVID, we thrived,” she said. “That’s big."