Three Texas school campuses—Oak Village Middle School, Houston; G.L. Wiley Middle School, Waco; and Johnston High School, Austin—received the lowest rating for the fourth consecutive year. Sam Houston High School, Houston, has not met state standards for five years.
The interim chief of the Texas Education Agency said Wednesday that the schools would undergo serious reforms, but none of them would be closed.
State law mandates guidelines for schools and districts that receive unacceptable ratings. Staff shakeups must occur after three years of low scores, and the state may close a school after four years.
About 300 of the state’s 8,061 campuses were found unacceptable, the state’s lowest rating, mostly because of low math and science standardized test scores, says Robert Scott, acting Commissioner of Education.