Five area school districts were all rated at least "Academically Acceptable," according to scores from the Texas Education Agency's recent accountability ratings.
The Driscoll Independent School District was the only campus in western Nueces County to receive an "Exemplary" rating from the TEA. The district had more than 95 percent of its students passing in every TAKS subject except in science, which was at 84 percent.
The Agua Dulce Independent School District was rated "Academically Acceptable," with both the high school and elementary achieving the same ratings on their own.
The high school had above 90 percent of students passing the reading and writing portions of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, but less than 80 percent in mathematics and science.
The elementary school had recognized scores in all subject areas except science, which saw an 11 percent decline, 68 percent to 57 percent, from the campus's 2008 TAKS scores.
The Banquete Independent School District received a "Recognized" rating, with the junior high and elementary schools being "Recognized" and the high school rated "Academically Acceptable.
The Bishop Consolidated Independent School District was also rated "Recognized" by the TEA, with two of its campuses, Petronila and Bishop elementary schools, ranked as "Exemplary" schools. The district's primary and high schools were "Recognized," while Lillion E. Luehrs Junior High School was rated "Academically Acceptable."
The Calallen Independent School District received a "Recognized" rating, with the district's high school, middle school and Magee Intermediate School ranked as "Recognized" campuses. Calallen East and Wood River elementary schools received "Exemplary" ratings.
"I'm very proud of all of our teachers and students," CISD superintendent Arturo Almendarez said. "Our goal now is to reach 'Exemplary' at all of the campuses and as a district."