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MARBLE FALLS — A few years ago, Marble Falls High School received an “unacceptable” rating from the state, but since that time, the campus staff and students have taken the school from unacceptable to highly rated.

The Texas Education Agency released the latest accountability information Aug. 7, and along with earning a “met standard,” Marble Falls High School also received a five-star rating.

“I’m thrilled to hear that the high school campus has earned five Academic Distinctions,” said Marble Falls Independent School District superintendent Rob O’Connor. “The teamwork and dedication of our staff to attain this achievement has been remarkable. The high school staff has dedicated endless hours to ensure that our students have been receiving a quality education.”

Under the TEA’s current accountability system, campuses and districts are rated as either “met standard” or “improvement required.” All MFISD campuses and the district earned “met standard.”

But along with meeting the standard, a campus can earn state distinctions as well. Marble Falls High School earned five of six possible state distinctions available for secondary campuses. Since struggling with the unacceptable rating in 2011, the high school has shone brightly.

In 2013, the TEA highlighted the high school and its educational practices in a nine-part series of successful campuses. Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report named Marble Falls High School a bronze campus as one of the top 15 percent of high schools in the country.

When principal Manny Lunoff gathers his entire staff in preparation for the first day of class, they will have something to celebrate.

Marble Falls Middle School also earned an academic distinction honor for science based on the latest accountability report. It was also honored for being one of the top 10 percent of Texas middle schools for improving student performance.

The TEA accountability ratings looks at four areas: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness.

For a campus to earn a distinction, it must perform at the top of its comparison group of schools with similar demographics and economic factors.

Go to to look at the entire report.