While official Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) scores will not be announced until July 30, district officials have announced preliminary indications are that the Robstown Independent School District will improve to an 'Acceptable' rating this year.

The announcement was made last Tuesday by Director of Secondary Instruction Amanda Millhouse and Director of Elementary Education Cynthia Mellinger during a meeting of the Robstown ISD Board of Trustees.

While Millhouse and Mellinger stressed that the results were preliminary estimates, they said the information they had reviewed was positive.

Based on their TAKS scores, campuses are ranked as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable.

According to district projections, Hattie Martin and San Pedro Elementary will be Recognized, and Ortiz Intermediate will be ranked "Academically Acceptable."

Seale Junior High will be ranked either "Academically Acceptable" or "Recognized," depending on state calculations, officials said.

Only one campus, Lotspeich Elementary, will be ranked "Exemplary," according to the projections.

The most encouraging news, Millhouse and Mellinger reported, is that Robstown High School appears to have achieved an "Academically Acceptable" rating. Last year the high school received an "Academically Unacceptable" rating, which caused the district to also be rated "Unacceptable."

Interim-Superintendent Alfonso Obregon said Wednesday he was pleased with the preliminary results, and that they reflected a lot of hard work by the students and staff of the district.

"There's been a major emphasis on teaching strategies," Obregon said. "We recognize where the students are weak and what skills they lack. We've been doing a lot of that in the classroom and with extra activities."

In addition to an overall emphasis on TAKS scores, Obregon specifically cited the addition of eight TAKS coaches hired with stimulus money as a factor in the district's improvement.

And while Obregon said he was pleased with the progress the district appears to have made this year, he hopes to improve on those scores by next year.

"Overall, schools improved, scores improved, and our rating is back to 'Acceptable'," Obregon said. "If we can continue with these improvements, we'd like to push hard to be a 'Recognized' district by this time next year."