In education, the bottom line is shown by periodic report cards, and students wait with a certain degree of apprehension as the day of reckoning approaches — during the school year, yes, but especially at the end of the semester.

School systems receive grades as well, from the Texas Education Agency, and those “report cards” were announced last week. Brown County schools, once again, fared very well.

Both Brownwood and Early school districts were rated recognized, the second highest rating level possible, and all of the elementary and primary schools in the two districts received exemplary ratings, the highest level possible. All three of Brownwood’s elementary schools — Northwest, East and Woodland Heights — were rated exemplary, the highest designation awarded. Bangs Elementary, Blanket High, May Elementary and Zephyr Elementary school campuses were also rated exemplary. Many others were only a few points away from reaching the higher level.

Credit for these successes are to be shared by the teachers, administrators, students and parents who worked so hard to achieve them. Members of the community can take pride in the fact that the state education agency is recognizing their efforts and success not only for high marks in the standardized test which counts so much toward this recognition, but also in other areas which aren’t so easily quantified.

Brownwood Bulletin