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Marble Falls High School slips to ‘unacceptable,’ lowest in state ratings

MARBLE FALLS — Despite little change in student test scores, Marble Falls High School’s state’s accountability rating dropped to unacceptable for 2011 — the lowest ranking.

Other schools in the district also slipped in the state academic rankings.

“It’s not that our (high school) scores went down, they just didn’t improve,” said Amy Jacobs, the Marble Falls Independent School District assistant superintendent. “And the fact we didn’t show much improvement is a big concern.”

A school rated as academically unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency has to submit a plan on how student performance will improve, and the state can assign a monitor. Schools that receive two unacceptable rankings in a row can be closed.

Two factors that influenced the lower ranking are higher accountability standards and the state no longer using a formula that allows good grades on one test to help bolster poorer scores on another, officials said.

The high school was rated academically acceptable last year and recognized the previous year.