Despite having hopes of being named an "Exemplary" school district in the Texas Education Agency's 2010 Accountability Ratings, the Calallen Independent School District was cited for having a lower-than-expected completion rate.

Despite having no fewer than 96 percent of students passing each subject in the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exam, the district was given a "Recognized" status because its 2008 completion rate was 93.3 percent. The state requires school districts to have at least a 95 percent completion rate.

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

School officials had hoped earlier this year, when preliminary TAKS scores were released, that an "Exemplary" ranking would be awarded.

"We were hoping to be an 'Exemplary' district, but we missed it by 1.7 percent," CISD Superintendent Arturo Almendarez said Monday. "'Recognized' is still not bad and we're extremely pleased with the scores and certainly very happy about the work our teachers and administrators do in preparing all students. They just do an awesome job."

Calallen's middle and high school campuses earned "Recognized" ratings, while Woodriver, Magee and East elementary schools were named "Exemplary" campuses.

The district will be in better shape for next year's accountability ratings, Almendarez said, which will utilize the 2009 completion rate of 95.9 percent.

"Now, we just have to make sure we keep up the scores," he said.

Calallen ISD Accountability Ratings 2010

Reading/ELA

All students: 98 percent

African-American: 96 percent

Hispanic: 98 percent

White: 99 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 97 percent

Writing

All students: 99 percent

African-American: 100 percent

Hispanic: 99 percent

White: 99 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 99 percent

Social Studies

All students: 100 percent

African-American: 100 percent

Hispanic: 99 percent

White: 100 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 99 percent

Mathematics

All students: 96 percent

African-American: 88 percent

Hispanic: 95 percent

White: 97 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 94 percent

Science

All students: 98 percent

African-American: 100 percent

Hispanic: 97 percent

White: 99 percent

Economically disadvantaged: 96 percent

Source: Texas Education Agency