The Texas Education Agency recently released its Gold Performance acknowledgements for the 2006-2007 school year, with Waxahachie and Palmer ISDs among the honorees.

The Gold Performance Acknowledgement system recognizes those districts and campuses that have achieved high performance on indicators other than those used to determine accountability ratings.

A campus or district may be awarded a Gold Performance acknowledgment if 25 percent or more of its students receive a commended performance, which requires students to score a minimum of 2400 or above in the tested subject areas.

A Comparable Improvement acknowledgement is used as an assessment to calculate how student performance on the TAKS test has changed or grown from one year to the next. The assessment also compares the change to 40 other schools that are demographically most similar to the target school.

Waxahachie ISD acknowledgements included:

Waxahachie High School

Comparable Improvement in Math

Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy

Comparable Improvement in Reading

Turner Middle School

Attendance

Commended Reading

Comparable Improvement in Reading

Dunaway Elementary

Commended Reading

Commended Math

Commended Writing

Northside Elementary

Commended Writing

Commended Science

Shackelford Elementary

Commended Science

Wedgeworth Elementary

Commended Science

Palmer ISD acknowledgements included:

District-wide

Gold Performance Acknowledgement Attendance

Texas Success Initiative - Higher Education Readiness English Language Arts

Texas Success Initiative - Higher Education Readiness Mathematics

Palmer High School

Commended Performance - Social Studies

Comparable Improvement - English Language Arts

Texas Success Initiative - Higher Education Readiness ELA

Texas Success Initiative - Higher Education Readiness Math

Palmer Middle School

Gold Performance Attendance

Commended Performance - Reading

Commended Performance - Writing

Commended Performance - Social Studies

Comparable Improvement - Reading

Comparable Improvement - Math

Palmer Intermediate/ Elementary

Comparable Improvement - Reading

Comparable Improvement - Math

To learn more about the specific criteria used in determining Gold Performance Ratings, visit the Texas Education Web site at www.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2007.