The Texas Education Agency publicly released the state accountability ratings on Friday and the Mason Independent School District received the top rating of “Exemplary” at the district level as well as all three campuses making the list. Last year Mason High School was the first high school in the region to achieve the prestigious rating and this year the Elementary and Jr. High campuses followed suit.
Only eight percent of districts in the state garnered the “Exemplary” rating and a majority of those districts are very small districts comprised of only one campus. Mason was the only school in the region to have all three campuses and the district earn the top rating. The Jr. High joined only 148 other campuses statewide out of a possible 1,669 while the High School repeated the honor as one of 135 out of a statewide total of 1,721 schools. This puts both campuses in the top nine percent of secondary campuses.
The elementary came down the farthest road as it raised its rating of academically acceptable only two short years ago. Superintendent Matt Underwood commented on the development of a team atmosphere that has made that campus a special place to learn and work. Overall I was very proud of our school’s ratings, but it is the individual caring relationships that make our school special. We have great kids, staff, parents and community support.
Historically speaking, it was the first time since the accountability system began in 1994 that the District, Elementary and Jr. High had achieved the “Exemplary” rating. A new performance measure was added by the agency to ease some of the rigor of the system; however the same ratings would have applied using the previous year’s stricter standards.