School officials are lauding the efforts of staff and teachers following the release of the Texas Education Agency’s annual evaluation of school district and student performance.

Edinburg CISD has been designated “Academically Acceptable” following the release of the preliminary 2010 State Accountability Ratings by TEA. The evaluation takes into account, Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test (TAKS) scores, as well as completion and dropout rates.

Eighteen campuses at ECISD were designated as “Exemplary” and 17 designated as “Recognized” by TEA. The district had no schools rated below Exemplary or Recognized. The numbers are an improvement from last year, when TEA designated 15 Exemplary and 14 Recognized schools at ECISD.

An Acceptable rating means the district had TAKS passing rates of at least 70 percent on English language arts and reading; writing and social studies TAKS exams; at least 55 percent passing rates on mathematics TAKS and at least 50 percent on the science TAKS test.

It also means the district has completion rates of at least 75 percent and annual dropout rates of 2 percent or lower.

TEA has also notified the district that Edinburg High School, Johnny G. Economedes High School, and Harwell Middle School successfully met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and they are no longer identified as “needing improvement.”

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments made by all of our schools in the state and federal accountability ratings,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. René Gutiérrez.

“The success is a testament to the dedication, commitment, and hard work demonstrated by our teachers and our principals every day to prepare our students to find academic success,” said Gutiérrez. “Our teachers and principals do what it takes as educators to help every student achieve high academic standards and become college-ready.”

In Region One, three districts and two charter school systems received an “Exemplary” rating, 22 districts and three charter schools received a “Recognized” rating, and 11 districts and two charter schools received an “Academically Acceptable” rating. There were two districts designated as “Academically Unacceptable.”

Region One is comprised of 45 school systems, including 37 school districts and eight charter school systems, The Texas Education Agency will release its final accountability ratings in October.