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All South Plains school districts passing according to new report

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Just in time for the first day of school the state released its report card for the districts.

Overall the Lubbock schools average a "B" on the TEA's Preliminary 2018 Accountability Ratings. Lubbock-Cooper and Frenship ISD's both received "B's", Lubbock ISD earned a "C." Shallowater and Sundown ISD's received an "A." Only two districts received grades lower than a "C," both Brownfield and Morton ISD's received D's. None were rated as in need of improvement or failed. 

"While we have a lot of opportunity for growth we are pleased with the progress we've made," said Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo. "We've put some systems and structures in place. We have, we believe culture trumps strategy so we've done a lot in building a culture of expectations and trust and we just feel like we have some synergy with our campuses being health organizationally and that contributes to that academic success we strive for."

Administrators from Lubbock-Cooper and Frenship both said they are pleased with the results, just not the way they are measured. 

"I understand that we've got to have grading system but I wish there were a way to somehow be able to have a system that demonstrates all of the great things that are happening," said Michelle McCord, Superintendent of Frenship.

Macy Satterwhite, the Deputy Superintendent of Lubbock-Cooper said that is not possible with this new A through F system.

"It is STAAR performance in elementary and middle school," Satterwhite said. "There is a little bit of a graduation rate and a little bit of a college career, military readiness in high school but it's pretty negligible. It's really all about STAAR."

What she and McCord would like is a system that more accurately gauges the entirety of the schools efforts. 

"I'm looking more toward a community based accountability system where our community comes in and we report out to them everything," Satterwhite said. "Everything from the safety and security of our students, the rigorous academic programs, the extracurricular that we have that get kids passions going and get them wanting to come to school, and I feel like we should be accountable to our stake holders for all of those areas, not just this one test."

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