A new study which grades all public schools in the state has been released, and the results are not exactly what parents in Central Texas want to see. The group Children At Risk, a Texan non-partisan research group, has released it's evaluation of public schools based on STAAR reading, math tests, performance on campus, growth index and college preparedness.
Of note in the study was the correlation between school location and overall score. Killeen ISD schools earned Higher Scores on Fort Hood, in Harker Heights, and in Nolanville. Elementary, Middle, and High Schools in Killeen all scored lower.
The entire Children At Risk study can be found here. A PDF copy of the study and he seen here.
Ellison, Killeen and Shoemaker High Schools in Killeen all got an “F” grade. These three schools ranked near the bottom of the 200 lowest scoring high schools in Texas.
Most KISD elementary schools scored much better than area High Schools. Nine of them received an "A", seven "B's", five "C's", eight got awarded "D's", and East and West Ward received a failing grade according to the study.
Harker Heights High School
Harker Heights High School was awarded the grade of "C", ranked 671 out of 1,159 Texas High Schools.
In Cove, all the ISD schools earned passing grades with Copperas Cove High School receiving a "C".
Belton New Tech received a B+ rating, ranking 359th in Texas and Belton High wasn't far behind, ranking 410 for a B grade.
Temple High School received a D+ rating - ranked 780 out of 1,159 Texas high schools.
And last but not least, Salado High got the best grade of the bunch with an A rating, ranked 175th in all of the lone star state.