Tuloso-Midway High School recently earned its first "Exemplary" Accountability Rating from the Texas Education Agency since the state began implementing the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exam in 2003.

The school had no less than 94 percent of students pass the TAKS test in all four categories the exam was administered in. The Tuloso-Midway Independent School District, as a whole, received a "Recognized" rating for having a 2008 completion rate of 96 percent, while the same percentage of students passed all sections of the exam.

The TEA uses completion rates from two years prior for annual Accountability ratings.

"For us to get 'Exemplary,' it really is a district-wide celebration," high school Principal Ann Bartosh said Monday. "We're very proud of the kids and the teachers."

Tuloso-Midway's middle, intermediate and primary schools all achieved "Recognized" status, while the Academic Career Center received the highest rating allowable for its campus, which was "Academically Acceptable."

Bartosh said the scores at the high school were the result of hard work from the district's teachers.

"It's just a testament to how the teachers get to know the kids individually and they're meeting the kids' needs individually," she said.

The district's lowest scores came in the science and mathematics categories, with economically disadvantaged, Hispanic and African-American students' marks struggling to cross the 95 percent threshold.

Ninety percent of economically disadvantaged students passed the science portion of the TAKS, compared with 93 percent of African-American and 92 percent of Hispanic students. In mathematics, 91 percent of economically disadvantaged students passed that portion of the test, while 93 percent of African-American and 92 percent of Hispanic students achieved passing marks.

TMISD Accountability Ratings 2010

Reading/ELA

All students: 98 percent

African-American: 95 percent

Hispanic: 98 percent

White: 98 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 97 percent

Writing

All students: 97 percent

African-American: 100 percent

Hispanic: 96 percent

White: 98 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 97 percent

Social Studies

All students: 100 percent

African-American: 100 percent

Hispanic: 100 percent

White: 100 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 99 percent

Mathematics

All students: 93 percent

African-American: 93 percent

Hispanic: 92 percent

White: 96 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 91 percent

Science

All students: 94 percent

African-American: 93 percent

Hispanic: 92 percent

White: 98 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 90 percent

Source: Texas Education Agency