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Mason High School Receives “Exemplary” Rating from T.E.A.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 • Posted August 6, 2008

Accountability ratings were released for all Texas school districts last Friday. Out of thirty-five high schools MHS was the first high school in Region XV to receive the distinction of Exemplary since the TAKS testing system began in 2003 and the only secondary school to receive the honor this year. Additionally Mason Jr. High and Elementary schools received the second highest rating of “Recognized”. Mason Jr. High had the second highest passing percentage in the region.

Mason I.S.D. as a whole earned a rating of “Recognized”. An overall passing percentage of 94.78% across all grades, subjects and student groups placed the district at the top of the group. Out of the 235 schools in UIL classification 2A Mason ISD ranked 4th in a state wide comparison of TAKS percentage passing. Only fourteen of the 46 school districts in the region were designated “Recognized”.

Commended Performance percentages have tripled from 12% in 2003 to 38.2% of students earned highest marks on all tests taken in 2008. Students taking the social studies test earned a record high 46% Commended Performance while 42% of students in English/Language Arts hit the mark. Final accountability ratings will be released in October with the District’s AEIS report. The top five 2A schools in terms of overall passing percentages are listed below.

1. Gunter ISD 95.6%

2. Crawford ISD 95.3%

3. Itasca ISD 94.9%

4. Mason ISD 94.7%

5. Whitewright ISD 93.4%

In statewide scores, Mason High School ranked FIFTH out of all 1700 schools.

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