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Pearland ISD schools receive TEA distinctions

            Two Pearland Independent School District campuses recently numbered among only about 400 statewide to earn all possible Texas Education Agency distinction designations applicable to their individual school in the 2018 state accountability system.

            Sam Jamison Middle School and Leon H. Sablatura Middle School hold the honor of earning all distinctions they were eligible to receive.

            Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading; Academic Achievement in Mathematics; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25 Percent: Comparative Academic Growth; Top 25 Percent: Comparative Closing the Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness.        

            In addition, Magnolia and Shadycrest elementary schools earned three of five possible distinctions, Alexander Middle School earned five of six distinctions, Berry Miller Junior High and Pearland Junior High West earned five of seven distinctions each, and Dawson and Turner High Schools earned four of seven distinctions each.

“We’re proud of all of our schools. Sixteen of 22 eligible Pearland ISD campuses received these lofty distinctions, and all 22 received a ‘met standard’ rating, designating Pearland ISD among the best of their peers in Texas. Few districts of our size or diversity in the greater Houston area can match our numbers,” Superintendent Dr. John Kelly said.

Pearland Independent School District is one of 153 school districts that achieved an “A” rating in the 2018 A-F state accountability system ratings released by the Texas Education Agency this August.

Distinctions Explained

            TEA distinction designations vary based on campus grade levels and type, and campuses can earn distinctions by being in the top 25% of its campus comparison group. Elementary school campuses are eligible for up to 6 distinctions. Junior high and high school campuses are eligible for the most -- up to seven distinctions:

    • Academic achievement in English language arts/reading
    • Academic achievement in math
    • Academic achievement in science
    • Academic achievement in social studies
    • Top 25 percent in student progress
    • Top 25 percent in closing performance gaps
    • Postsecondary readiness

            To learn more about the A-F accountability system, visit