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Vysehrad maintains exemplary rating in Lavaca County

By Camille Doty
July 29, 2011 at 2:29 a.m.


Most Lavaca County school districts received lower state performance ratings this year than last.

Of the six school districts in the county, Vysehrad maintained an exemplary rating.

Some superintendents said the additional requirements brought down the ratings.

Randy Meyer, superintendent of Sweet Home school district, said reaching the highest rating tier is a difficult feat. However, he said, he's proud of the students and teachers for coming close with a recognized rating.

"We ended up at a B++. We we're almost at an A."

Shiner school district's rating decreased from exemplary to recognized.

Superintendent Trey Lawrence said the additional indicators made a difference in scores. The high school was exemplary in 17 out of 22 indicators.

Yet, Shiner High School received an acceptable rating because of one indicator in mathematics, with economically disadvantaged students.

"It's like having three home runs, one strike out and getting a score of zero," Lawrence said.

Jo Ann Bludau, Hallettsville's superintendent, said the district has made some gains in percentages, but the ratings do not communicate progress.

"It's not demonstrating the hard work that's gone into it," she said. "It's heartbreaking."

Her school district will continue using Eduphoria Aware, a data management software that identifies areas where students need help.

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