Superintendents ask TEA not to release campus ratings

Forty-five school superintendents in the Houston area have asked the Texas Education Agency not to release academic ratings for campuses this year.

In a letter to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, the superintendents claim the state's standardized test results are erroneous and cannot be trusted, the Associated Press reports.

See also: Texas parents ask judge to block standardized test scores



Superintendents claim some of the test results are missing, which can lead to incorrect ratings.

Morath says his office will still issue school ratings in August, but apologized for the problems he says came from the state's new exam administrator, New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service.

See also: TEA waives STAAR test for 5th, 8th graders



The TEA granted relief by waving promotion requirements tied to fifth and eighth grade standardized tests.

The annual academic ratings reveal whether each campus met or failed the state's academic standards. Schools that repeatedly fail to meet standards face takeover or closure.

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