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State issues annual School Ratings

tea-logo-header-2Local districts get passing grades in new reporting system

The Texas Education Agency issued its report card for schools and districts last Friday, with almost all districts in this area getting a passing grade.

The ratings were based on new criteria, and also results were stated in a new simplified method. Either a school “Met Standard” or “Improvement Required”.

Schools were rated in four Accountability categories:

1. Student Achievement, based on STAAR test scores for the year.

2. Student Progress, in subjects like math and reading from year to year. (High Schools were not graded in this category, because they did not take STAAR tests last year.)

3. Closing Performance Gaps, or emphasis on high level achievement of the lowest performing students.

4. Postsecondary Readiness, or graduation rates and diploma plans.

In this area, school districts such as Galena Park, Channelview, and Sheldon all had every school meet the Pass category, or “Met Standard.”

However, Houston ISD had one school that didn’t, Furr High School, which was deficient in Postsecondary Readiness, graduation rates and diploma plans.

The state’s third largest district, Cypress-Fairbanks, earned the honor of being the biggest district in the state in which all campuses met the “pass” standard.

Although there were four accountability categories, in general they were all based on STAAR test scores. If a school did not pass in one of these four categories, it was listed as “improvement required” and this affected the district rating.

Districts complained that the rating system was very complex, and therefore difficult to find out how to improve their scores.

Channelview ISD Statement on Ratings:

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Harris County Attorney Ryan explains county government

vince ryan chamberJACINTO CITY – The North Channel Chamber’s monthly luncheon took on the aspect of a classroom last week, as Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan explained the working of his office, and expanded his thoughts to include city and county government in general.

Ryan is well experienced in both, having served for many years as assistant county attorney under Mike Driscoll, and previous to that as a Houston city councilman.

Ryan said that the duty of his office is to represent all County employees and offices in Civil Matters before the courts.

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Another Big Tube transported on Clinton Drive

LAST TUESDAY, August 5, Kinder-Morgan transported a second Splitter Tower or Tube, down Clinton Drive in Galena Park, from the old Brown & Root dock out onto Clinton, and then to the site of their new plant at the east end of Clinton. Due to the extreme height of the tube, 25 feet with truck bed, the wires crossing the street had to be lifted out of the way, as can be seen in the photos at right and above. K-M chose to move the tube at about 5 p.m. when traffic from the plants was at a minimum. K-M said that they plan to move a third tube, but not for about one year.

LAST TUESDAY, August 5, Kinder-Morgan transported a second Splitter Tower or Tube, down Clinton Drive in Galena Park, from the old Brown & Root dock out onto Clinton, and then to the site of their new plant at the east end of Clinton. Due to the extreme height of the tube, 25 feet with truck bed, the wires crossing the street had to be lifted out of the way, as can be seen in the photos at right and above. K-M chose to move the tube at about 5 p.m. when traffic from the plants was at a minimum. K-M said that they plan to move a third tube, but not for about one year.

Environmental specialist discusses sickness causes

Dr. Winnie Hamilton, CIP speaker, with chart showing how many factors are involved in environmentally causes sickness.

Dr. Winnie Hamilton, CIP speaker, with chart showing how many factors are involved in environmentally causes sickness.

GALENA PARK – The CIP group (Community Industry Partners) heard from Environmental Scientist Winnie Hamilton at their monthly meeting last Thursday at the Baggett Center.

Hamilton is Baylor College of Medicine’s Director of Environmental Health Service.

She presented an explanation of how researchers look for links between air pollution and health effects, and presented facts on previous and current studies.

Although many citizens want to draw a causal relationship between plant emissions and high cancer rates, she said that in reality the situation is much more complex than that, and many studies do not support this theory.

She cited a recent study comparing illnesses in Pasadena and Bellaire, where poisons in the air are different, but sickness rates and types are similar.

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