Half of DeWitt districts improve ratings
BY SONNY LONG
July 30, 2010 at 2:30 a.m.
CUERO - Half the school districts in DeWitt County showed improvement in 2010 accountability ratings.
Nordheim and Meyersville districts improved to exemplary and Cuero to recognized.
Nordheim jumped from an academically acceptable rating in 2009 to exemplary.
"In my seven years here this is the first time we've been rated exemplary," Nordheim superintendent Sonya Little said Friday.
"I attribute it to the hard work of the students and teachers and the support of their parents. We've got a good crop of kids who care about being successful."
Meyersville was rated recognized last year.
The Cuero school district improved from academically acceptable to recognized.
Superintendent Henry Lind was pleased.
"It's a good thing," Lindsaid. "We weren't that far from reaching the next level. Every teacher and student has worked very hard."
Part of the gains in Cuero were due to improved test scores on the high school campus that improved to recognized.
"We worked hard in bringing up kids that were borderline in math and science," said principal Mike Cavanaugh. "We used a very focused peer tutoring program that I think paid dividends."
Cavanaugh said the 2010 seniors led the way in the improvement.
"I am really proud of this year's seniors," Cavanaugh added. "They scored above 90 percent in all four sections of the exam."
The Hunt Elementary campus was also rated recognized in the Cuero school district.
Ratings for the Yoakum and Yorktown school districts remained at academically acceptable, the same as in 2009.
Yoakum High, Yorktown Junior High and Yorktown Elementary campuses all received recognized ratings. The Westhoff district slipped in its ratings, from exemplary to recognized.