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Texas Education Agency announces school ratings BHS, BMS earn 'Distinction Designations'

Special to the Courier

Bandera ISD was awarded the designation of "Met Standard" for all four campuses and the district by the Texas Education Agency for 2014-2015. Bandera High School earned four "Distinction Designations," rating in the top 17 percent of high schools in Texas who received four or more distinctions.
BHS earned "Distinction Designations" in Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25 percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. "Our students and teachers are the best and I am so proud of them," commented BHS Principal Gary Bitzkie. "All of our hard work has paid off. We are not only at the top in the Hill Country area, but in the state."
Additionally, Bandera Middle School earned two "Distinction Designations" in Achievement in Mathematics and in the Top 25 percent in Student Progress. BMS ranked in the top ten of their cohort group in Student Progress. BMS placed in the top 45 percent of middle schools who received two or more "Distinction Designations" based on data provided by the Texas Education Agency. BMS was only one point away from earning two more distinctions.
"We made a lot of progress this year by earning our first two 'Distinction Designations.' We were only one point away from earning one in the area of Science Achievement, so that is what we are going to work on this year," stated Donald Tosh, BMS Principal.
"Our performance this year has been indicative of the high quality education provided by our district and I am firm in my belief that Bandera ISD is more than capable of reaching the increased expectations of the new TEKS and more rigorous STAAR tests," said Superintendent Regina Howell. "We are exceptionally pleased with the Distinction Designations earned by the Middle School and the High School this year," she stated. "We will be working hard to improve our attendance rates, as this is one of the areas in which all campuses could earn another "Distinction Designation," Howell reported.
Individual student reports of STAAR and End of Course results were made available to parents at the end of the 2013-2014 school year in hard copy. Results may accessed electronically through the Pearson website at https://www.pearsonaccess.com .