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New list of the worst schools in Texas includes 20 Austin campuses

New list of the worst schools in Texas includes 20 Austin campuses

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The TEA's new Public Education Grant list includes 20 Austin schools. Courtesy photo

New information from the Texas Education Agency shows that the number of "worst schools in Texas" has decreased since last year. TEA recently released its 2017-18 Public Education Grant list, reporting that 1,379 schools are underperforming.

That figure is an improvement from the previous list, which included 1,532 schools. However, in 2015-16, there were 1,199 campuses on the list; in 2014-15, the total was only 892.

To be included, schools have either received an "Improvement Required" rating from TEA in the past three years or have a 50 percent or lower passing rate for standardized testing in two of the past three years. The list is published in accordance with the Public Education Grant, which allows parents to transfer children out of schools on the list of low performers.

Twenty Austin Independent School District schools are included, five more than the previous year. Austin ISD campuses are as follows:

  • Brooke Elementary
  • Burnet Middle School
  • Cunningham Elementary
  • Dobie Middle School
  • Eastside Memorial at the Johnston
  • Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy
  • Houston Elementary
  • LBJ High School
  • Martin Middle School
  • Mendez Middle School
  • Norman Elementary
  • Oak Springs Elementary
  • Pecan Springs Elementary
  • Pickle Elementary
  • Ridgetop Elementary
  • Rodriguez Elementary
  • Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy
  • Travis High School
  • Webb Middle School
  • Widen Elementary

Other Austin-area districts on the list include Del Valle ISD (six schools), Manor ISD (six schools), Round Rock ISD (two schools), Hays CISD (four schools), and Elgin ISD (two schools).