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Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Earns All 7 TEA Academic Distinctions: Campus is 1 of 153 Statewide

8.10.2015

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Earns All 7 TEA Academic Distinctions: Campus is 1 of 153 Statewide

FORT WORTH – The Texas Education Agency released the 2015 state accountability ratings for more than 8,600 campuses. Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA), a public charter school, achieved a rating of Met Standard as well as distinction designations in each of the seven possible areas.

The TEA ratings reveal that 86.4 percent of campuses across Texas achieved the rating of Met Standard. Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are also eligible for academic distinction designations. Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts is one of only 153 schools across Texas to earn all seven distinctions. Distinction designations can be earned by campuses for:

  • Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts;
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics;
  • Academic Achievement in Science;
  • Academic Achievement in Social Studies;
  • Top 25 Percent: Student Progress;
  • Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and
  • Postsecondary Readiness.

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Executive Director Clint Riley said, “We are honored that our commitment to the educational process is being reflected by these distinctions. At FWAFA, we pride ourselves on cultivating young artistic minds. This is a result of the year-round dedication of our faculty combined with the inherent nature of our gifted students. An arts-enriched education works.” 

In 2015, 4,388 high school, middle school and junior high school campuses achieved the Met Standard rating and earned some type of distinction designation. However, only 153 earned all seven distinction designations.

“Earning any type of distinction under the state accountability system is commendable and should be a source of pride in a community,” said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. “Achieving all seven distinctions reflects extraordinary work taking place on a campus while affirming a strong commitment to students.”

To view the 2015 state accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses (plus distinction designations earned at the campus and district level), visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2015/index.html.

About Texas Center for Arts + Academics 
As the only organization of its kind in North Texas, Texas Center for Arts + Academics is squarely focused on youth development through an arts-based academic worldview, thereby supporting a self-perpetuating arts community. Through its combination of conservatories and academic institutions, Texas Center for Arts + Academics provides an arts-based curriculum that celebrates a child’s unique talents while simultaneously ensuring an arts-rich future.

Texas Center for Arts + Academics operates Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Texas School of the Arts, as well as the well-established Texas Boys Choir and the newly formed Texas Dance Conservatory.

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