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Victoria County's two smaller school districts were on opposite ends of the state rating system. Nursery received an overall a rating of A, while Bloomington received an overall rating of D, with some of its campuses receiving F's.

5 things to know how your district fared: Nursery ISD

  • Overall rating: A
  • Area that showed the most improvement: Fifth-grade math increased from 84% to 100%.
  • Area that still needs improvement:Third-grade reading decreased from 93% to 77%; fourth-grade math decreased from 95% to 59%. 
  • Rating for Closing the Gaps: A
  • Distinctions: Nursery Elementary earned distinctions in English Language Arts/Reading, math, science, Closing the Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness.

5 things to know how your district fared: Bloomington ISD

  • Overall rating: D
  • Area that showed the most improvement: Test scores have improved for English learners and special education, said Superintendent Mark Anglin. Third-grade math increased from 41% to 50%; Eighth-grade reading improved from 65% to 73%; and eighth- grade social studies improved from 29% to 46%.
  • Areas that still needs improvement: Bloomington Elementary received an overall F rating, Bloomington Junior High received an F rating in Student Achievement and Bloomington High School received an F rating in Closing the Gaps. Anglin said the school administration plans to meet and create strategies to improve student scores and ratings. "I am not going to make excuses. We are going to become a better school district for our students, and with that, the ratings will improve, too," Anglin said Thursday. 
  • Rating for Closing the Gaps: F
  • Distinctions: No campuses earned distinctions.

Amber Aldaco reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6303.

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Amber Aldaco is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She's covered various events in the Crossroads including a zoo rescue, a biker funeral and a state meeting with the governor. She enjoys singing with her significant other.

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