Two of South Texas College’s early college high schools received exemplary ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The McAllen ISD Achieve Early College High School and the PSJA ISD T-STEM Early College High School both shined in their first years of operations.
“We are so proud of the work that has been accomplished with our colleagues and students at both districts,” said Juan Mejia, STC vice president for academic affairs. “Our goal with dual enrollment in general, and the early college high school approach specifically, is to give students a chance to exceed their own expectations. We congratulate both MISD and PSJA for their outstanding leadership.”
In order to earn the TEA’s highest rating, the schools had to meet some strict criteria. First, at least 90 percent of the students had to pass the TAKS Test, or the SDAAII Test, overall and in each of the five subsections of reading, writing, social studies, math and science. Second, at least 95 percent of the students had to pass on to enter the next grade. And lastly, no more than 0.2 percent of all students could drop out of school.
Only 126 school campuses in the Rio Grande Valley earned exemplary ratings.