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Page 6C Hays Free Press * August 3, 2011 z4- + PHQT0 BY DON ANDB~ Cadet Sgt. Maj. Daniel Sexton of Buda (right) takes command of the San Marcos Academy Corps of Cadets during the Final Review May 21. Cadet Colonel Zack Middleton, a senior from Wimberley (left), relinquished his command of the Bear Battalion to Sexton, who will serve next year as the Cadet Commender. Overseeing this process is Chris Carlson who supervised the symbolic transfer of the saber, respectfully referred to as q't~e Major," from Sexton to Middleton. This restored Civil War era saber is kept on display at the school and is carried only by the Corps Commander during a designated review each year. Kyle junior Richard Smith, son of Christie Smith and Roger Smith, was presented the American Veterans of World War II (.adVlVETS) Medal. Austin Hay, also a junior from Kyle, was the Veterans of Foreign Wars Medal recipient. Hay is the son of Ryen and Melanie Hay. them for evacuation. After J|~enez ~l~S the casuaitys' safe transport, ]imenez began helping sup- press the enemy. Navy Petty Officer 3rdJimenez is a 2008 graduate Class Ernest ]imenez, son of Morton Ranch High School of Kelly Fischer of Kyle and of Katy, Texas and joined the Ernest Jimenez, St. of Katy, Navy in August 2008. recently received the Navy/ Marine Corps Commenda- Gar~er g~ tion Medal for his service in support of Operation Endur- Air Force ROTe ing Freedom as corpsman for Company L, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team Two, First Ma- Reagan C. Garner of Kyle rine Division Forward. has been awarded an Air While conducting clearing Force ROTC scholarship to operations in Afghanistan, attend a host college or uni- ]Jmonez's squad encountered versity. a complex ambush which The majority of scholar- caused mass casualties. ]ime- nez instructed a small team of Marines to aide with the wounded, then ran back to extract the remaining casual- ties. After establishing a col- lection point, he triaged them and re-eval, uated ships cover full college tuition, provide a textbook allowance and pay most laboratory or incidental fees. The schol- arship program also pays a $350 tax-free monthly allow- ance to each student during the academic year, which in- creases to $500 by his or her senior year. Upon graduating fr6m college and completing the ROTC program, the cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. Garner, a recent Hays High School graduate, is the son of Doug and Karen Garner of Tamara Trail in Kyle. Buda native Caleb Ambrose of Buda aduatod from Sehrainat University in Kerrville and was recognized during com- mencement ceremonies held at the Edington Center/Gym- nasium on May 7. The son of John and Rhon- da Ambrose, Caleb earned a bachelor's degree in sports management. BY MORGAN SMITH The Texas Tribune The new accountability ratings released Friday for public school campuses in the state's 1,228 districts and charter schools present a "far more accurate look" at academic performance, Tex- as Education Commissioner Robert Scott said. They are also marked- ly lower -- with far fewer schools achieving the high- est ratings than last year. Instead, most schools fall in the middle "acceptable" cat- egory. Many districts find them- selves with lower ratings even though their student achievement has remained the same. That's because the formula used to calculate the ratings, based primarily on students' standardized test scores, no longer includes a mechanism called the Texas Projection Measure. The TPM gauged students' future test scores based on a cam- pus-wide average instead of using their actual test scores and had the effect of giving schools credit for students passing when they hadn't. In April, Scott announced he would discontinue the measure after state lawmak- ers took a unanimous vote against it during debate on a testing bill. Here are the changes in ratings from 2010 to 2011: "Exemplary" schools dropped from ]9.5 percent of all districts to 5 percent "Recognized" schools dropped from 49.1 perc etrlt of all districts to 34.4 per- cent "Acceptable" schools rose from 27.6 percent of all districts to 53.3 percent "Unacceptable" schools rose from 3 percent of all districts to 7.2 percent. At a press conference in e which he released the rat- ings, Scott said that despite the fact that fewer schools achieved the highest catego- ries, the "school system as a whole is strong" and that parents should feel confi- dent that the ratings are "ab- solutely real and valid." These ratings will stay in place for the next two years to give schools a chance to adjust to STAAR, the state's new, more rigorous stan- dardized testing system, which will be rolled out next spring. Scott also said that two districts would lose their ac- creditation. One of those is Houston's North Forest ISD. He declined to name the second district because it had yet to be notified. MORGAN SMITH writes for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally pub- lished. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Tribune and the Hays Free Press. III II1[ II Htcppy l irthb xy 2zck! [ore you. Low fixed rate- 9.90%* . No annual fee 25 day grace period ATM access No-fee cash advances at any Austin Telco location Apply onlinet. *Annual Peroante~ Rate. All rates are expressed "as low as'. Actual rate may vary depending on credit qualifications. "Rate app~ to 1st lien commardal real estate loans with a loan to value of 80% or less; constmc~developn-~nt loan ratasRerms may vary. '**Annual Percentage Yield. Penalties for early withdrawal may apply. Jumbo- A minimum deposit of $95,000 is required. 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