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Tyler ISD sees more schools needing improvement in state accountability ratings

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Nearly sixty percent of Tyler schools met standards in the 2014 accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency.

The district as a whole also met standards. Those standards are different than the system in 2013 with criteria added to certain categories.

Grassroots America We The People Vice President Rick Eisenbach said these ratings show why the district needs to focus more on academic improvement rather than building new facilities.

In 2013, five Tyler ISD campuses were found to need improvement. In the 2014 ratings, the district saw eleven campuses requiring improvement, according to the state education agency.

At least half of the schools requiring improvement in the 2014 ratings were built or saw renovations in the last ten years.

"It's an awful lot of money when we're not achieving our academic standards we're not even above considered standard level," Eisenbach said.

The district said those ratings released Friday by the state do not reflect poorly on the bond decisions made by Tyler voters in years past. Tyler ISD Interim Superintendent Kim Tunnell said those bond items were made primarily for security concerns for students.

"The building is not the school district," said Tyler ISD Interim Superintendent Kim Tunnell. "While we have a priority for the safety and security of our students we also know the key is what's happening inside the classroom."

For most of the schools found to require improvement, the ratings found they fell short on post-secondary education. That category makes sure campuses are keeping kids on track to be prepared for education after grade school.

"In elementary school, the higher they are performing in the classroom the more likely they are to be successful in post-secondary," Tunnell said.

Both Tunnell and Eisenbach agree that academic changes need to be made to see the district improve.

"We need to see improvement in academics that's what we're here for," Eisenbach said.

"Our students are capable and we have plans in place to make sure that happens this year," Tunnel said.

Both Tyler ISD high schools met standards. John Tyler High School earned a distinction from the state for their performance in science.

District officials said they have been making changes since the STAAR results were released earlier this year.

The 2014-2015 Tyler ISD school year begins August 25.

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