West Texas Schools Receive National Recognition
PAINT ROCK, TX — Paint Rock High School been recognized by the U.S and World Report on its list of Best performing High Schools of 2017, receiving a “Bronze” for its 100% graduation rate, strong performance in reading and math, it’s small class sizes and its high success for college readiness. This marks the third time that Paint Rock High School has received the Bronze recognition in the last 6 years.
Paint Rock High School’s (PRHS) student body is 49 percent minority and 76 percent economically disadvantaged, which, according to most experts, are two statistics that typically serve as a precursor to low academic achievement, but, Paint Rock is beating the statistics. PRHS students are 76 percent in reading and 90 percent proficient in math. When asked about his district’s success, superintendent Ron Cline praised his students and faculty, “We set our expectations very high and our kids continue to meet and surpass our expectations in the classroom, behaviorally, academically, and athletically”, said Cline.
The schools are evaluated based on four criteria: 1. Students perform better than expected in their state; 2. Disadvantaged students perform better than the state average; 3. Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard; 4. Students are prepared for college level course wok upon graduation.
Locally, Paint Rock High School, Eden High School, and Wall High School, amongst others, were awarded Bronze medal status. Several other schools in the area such as Ballinger, Lake View High School, and Central High School were not ranked this year.
Over 26,407 public high schools and 10,693 private and charter high schools currently operate in America. 70.5 percent of all schools in America receive no ranking, acknowledgement, or medal. Gold awards are only given to 2.4 percent of the nation’s high schools. No schools in ESC Region 15 achieved Gold Medals. Silver medals are only given to 10.3 percent of all private, public, and charter schools in America. The only school in Region 15 to receive a Silver Medal was Early ISD. Bronze Medals are awarded to 16.8 percent of all schools in America. Bronze recipients in Region 15 included: Brady ISD, Bronte ISD, Christoval ISD, Eden ISD, Nueces Canyon ISD, Paint Rock ISD, Robert Lee ISD, Santa Anna ISD, TLCA Charter School, Veribest ISD, and Wall ISD.