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How does your school rank?

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- Is your child's school making the grade?

With classes now underway, students won't receive their first report cards for a few weeks. But each Texas district and its schools received their report card on Thursday.

The Texas Education Agency released its 2019 accountability ratings for the past school year. Out of the 13 districts in Grayson County, all of them either improved or stayed the same, with all receiving either a grade of "A" or "B."

For Bells and Van Alstyne, it's the second consecutive year of "A" grades.

The Sherman and Denison district finished with a "B," and the Tom Bean Tomcats boosted their letter grade to "B" as well.

That's especially good news in Tom Bean, which scored an "F" one year ago.

"We did use it as motivation to improve instruction and to look at data and our teachers," said Tom Bean Independent School District Superintendent Kelly Lusk. "We made great strides in testing, which is a big part of the rating system."

The letter grade each district receives is based on three main indicators:

  • student achievement
  • school progress
  • closing the gap

The work paid off for the Tom Bean ISD, which bumped its failing grade to a "B."

"We're proud of Tom Bean once again," Lusk said. "We know we've got a great school. We think this rating lets the community know we've got a great school, but regardless of what Austin thinks, we know in Tom Bean we've got a great school."

They aren't done yet. The district said there is always room to improve, and they will keep striving.

But some local school districts think that the letter grades hold them accountable for many factors they have no control over, and that the grading system doesn't fairly indicate all the work that goes in.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, however, believes that this is what education needs to make the Lone Star State tops in the nation.

"I believe from looking at other states that where "A" through "F" was implemented, it made a significant difference. It brought out competition," Patrick said. "Teachers and parents and principals and superintendents wanted to see an "A" on the marquee."

This is the second year that the letter grade rating has been implemented in the State of Texas.

TEA Accountability Ratings: Grayson County
2017-18 2018-19 2018-19 Grade
Bells ISD A A 91
Collinsville ISD C B 84
Denison ISD B B 86
Gunter ISD B A 91
Howe ISD B B 89
Pottsboro ISD B B 84
Sherman ISD C B 82
Tioga ISD B/A A 90
Tom Bean ISD F B 83
Van Alstyne ISD A A 97
Whitesboro ISD B B 88
Whitewright ISD B B 85

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