Only one local school district gets A grade by Texas Education Agency


School districts across Texas are now getting letter grades, just like your student.

“Achieving this level of performance is not easy. It takes very skilled leadership, leadership that is focused on kids,” said Commissioner Mike Morath, of the Texas Education Agency.

The agency released its report card and only one of nine Borderland districts. Canutillo Independent School District got an A. Other districts including El Paso, Socorro, Ysleta, Anthony, Fabens, San Elizario, Tornillo and Clint all got B grades.

“Teaching and what we do is hard. It’s a term that I call simplexity. We say it’s very easy but it’s complex to teach another human being, to teach your child,” said Superintendent Pedro Galaviz, Canutillo ISD.

Individual campuses aren’t given a letter grade yet. For now their performance accountability is based on whether they’re meeting standards or not.

Across the nine districts we looked at, only four schools failed to meet standards in 2017. All four are within El Paso ISD. This year, those schools managed to meet standards.

“This is actually his first year in middle school. It was actually very recommended by his elementary school teachers so just knowing that it meets standards makes me really happy,” parent Guadalupe Gamez said.

Individual campuses will receive letter grades, just like their districts starting next year.

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