MISSION The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released data that includes preliminary ratings that are a part of the federal No Child Left Behind laws. According to the TEA's preliminary data, most Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) campuses met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) guidelines. Final ratings will not be released by the TEA until December.

The AYP ratings, as they are commonly referred to, are similar to the state's accountability system in many respects. However, the AYP rating system requires that level of performance be met by more sub-groups of students than the state system. It also places some caps on the number of students included in some sub-groups for ratings. This can actually result in schools and districts performing well in the state accountability system, but still receiving a status of "missed AYP" in a particular area, whether it is in the area of performance or participation.

According to the preliminary AYP results, the following Mission CISD schools "meet AYP": Bryan Elementary School, Cantu Elementary School, Cavazos Elementary School, Escobar/Rios Elementary School, Marcell Elementary School, Midkiff Elementary School, Mims Elementary School, O'Grady Elementary School, Pearson Elementary School, Salinas Elementary School, Waitz Elementary School, Mission Jr. High School, K. White Jr. High School.

"We are particularly pleased with the progress that has been made at K. White Jr. High School ," said Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez, superintendent. "A number of intense programs and changes were implemented to help improve student performance after struggling for a couple of years."

Dr. Gonzalez said additional federal resources became available to be used to address the needs at K. White Jr. High. "We are now in the process of seeing how best to implement some of the steps taken at K. White at many of our other schools."

Dr. Gonzalez also said they were pleased to have enough progress made at Mission Jr. High School that they improved their AYP standing as well.

Mission CISD schools that "missed AYP" are: Alton Elementary School in Reading (all students, Hispanic, Economically Disadvantaged, Limited English Proficient); Castro Elementary School in Reading and Math (all students, Hispanic, Economically Disadvantaged, Limited English Proficient); Leal Elementary School in Reading (Limited English Proficient); Pearson Elementary School in Reading (all students, Hispanic, Economically Disadvantaged, Limited English Proficient); Alton Memorial Jr. High School in Reading and Math (Special Education, Limited English Proficient); R. Cantu Jr. High School in Reading and Math (Special Education, Limited English Proficient); Mission High School in Math (all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged); Veterans Memorial High School in Math (all students, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged).

Mission CISD "missed AYP" in Reading (Special Education, Limited English Proficient), and in Math (Special Education).

"We are focusing on identifying the needs and making sure we are addressing those needs," Gonzalez added. "One of the tools we are going to use more fully this school year is the CSCOPE curriculum; which should address the need for increased rigor and proper alignment of instruction throughout the grade levels."