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Jackson school districts rate recognized, academically acceptable

By ALLISON MILES
July 29, 2011 at 2:29 a.m.
Updated July 30, 2011 at 2:30 a.m.


Jackson County school districts maintained recognized and academically acceptable statuses in state results released Friday.

The Industrial school district received recognized status, down from 2010's exemplary. While Industrial Elementary School West remained on par with its exemplary status, both Industrial Elementary School East and and Industrial Junior High dropped to recognized.

Industrial High School fell to academically acceptable.

Superintendent Tony Williams attributed the high school's shift to changes in reporting standards.

Commended performance was calculated into results this year, he explained, and only 13 percent of the economically disadvantaged group were at commended, versus the 15 percent necessary to be recognized.

"Overall, we're happy," he said.

The Ganado school district maintained the recognized status it had in 2010.

Although Ganado Elementary School received exemplary status, just as in 2010, both the high school and junior high dropped from recognized to academically acceptable.

Ganado school district Superintendent Jeff Black was unavailable for comment Friday.

The Edna school district maintained its academically acceptable rating.

While the elementary and junior high maintained their academically acceptable ratings, the high school dropped from recognized to academically acceptable.

Edna school district representatives said they could not comment Friday because they did not have adequate time to review the results.

As for Williams, he said he's proud of the Industrial school district.

The district is developing curricula to help students prepare for new assessments down the road.

"We've got some good teachers out here," he said. "We're looking forward to the future."

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