Yoakum fares well on accountability standards

The Yoakum school district met state standards overall on the state accountability ratings, despite falling short on one index at the junior high campus.

"Overall with the challenges of the new accountability system, we were pleased with the hard work and effort that our teachers and staff demonstrated to meet the standards for the district," said Superintendent Tom Kelley.

Kelley said the junior high needs improvement in the student progress index.

That index focuses on actual student growth independent of overall achievement levels for each demographic category in reading, math and writing.

"We have identified the students and the weaknesses in the subject areas for which progress was not met in this index," Kelley said.

"We will provide extra accelerated instruction and tutoring for these students to achieve state academic standards on future assessments."