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43 Dallas ISD Schools Make PEG List, 29 In Fort Worth ISD

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.COM
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Forty-three Dallas ISD and 29 Fort Worth ISD schools rank among the state’s worst performing, according to a list issued Monday by the Texas Education Agency.

Districts with campuses on the TEA’s Public Education Grant (PEG) List are required to tell parents by Feb. 1 that their child’s school made the list and that they can request a transfer in the next school year.

However, as per PEG’s requirements, not every school that made the list may be performing poorly: Any school deemed academically unacceptable by the state in either 2009, 2010 or 2011 will be on the list as well as those where 50 percent or more of the student body failed the TAKS test in any two of the last three years.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, the list featured seven Arlington ISD schools; one from Cleburne ISD; six in Crowley ISD; the aforementioned 43 from Dallas ISD and 29 in Fort Worth ISD; one in Granbury ISD; another four from Grand Prairie ISD; one from Keller ISD; one from Lake Worth ISD; one from McKinney ISD; one in Plano ISD; and one in Wylie ISD.

Currently, Dallas ISD has 33 schools ranked “academically unacceptable” and Fort Worth ISD has 22, showing that the state’s PEG List may not tell the whole story.

Throughout the state, 566 schools graced the list, up from 369 last year – roughly a 65 percent jump.

This is the first year the TEA adapted new accountability-reporting measures, which may explain the increase.

In April, Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott announced that the agency was scrapping the controversial Texas Projection Measure, which credited some students as passing the TAKS test even if they failed if a complex formula predicted they would pass in the future.

Look here for the full list, and look here for a state-provided FAQ about the data.

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