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Front, left to right: Muleshoe ISD Academic Heroes: Cindy Bessire, MHS principal; Letti Tovar, Dillman elementary principal; Jennifer Burrus, DeShazo elementary principal; Suzanne King, Watson Junior High principal; and Darla Myatt, special education director

The MISD Board of Trustees along with building principals celebrated student growth at the regular MISD Board of Trustees meeting on Aug. 22.

The Texas Education Agency recently released its 2022 A-F Accountability Ratings for Texas schools. Dillman Elementary grew from an F to a C rating; DeShazo Elementary grew from an F to a C rating; and Watson Junior High continued to have a C rating.

Muleshoe High School increased their rating from a 90 to a 93 A rating, which allowed Muleshoe ISD to receive an A rating.

“This is amazing growth, and we celebrate our principals and special education director for the success,” said Dr. R.L. Richards, MISD superintendent. “The student academic growth these administrators, teachers and staff achieved for the 21-22 school year was totally amazing. To have such a high socio-economically disadvantaged student population of 89 percent and to achieve such high standards of learning is unbelievable.

“Kudos to these principals, directors, staff and school board for putting our Muleshoe students first. These are truly the academic heroes of Muleshoe ISD. The growth and strength our students gained academically is amazing. Muleshoe students have made tremendous strides and have overcome the obstacles of last year to reach true success.”

Dillman Elementary and Mary DeShazo Elementary, which are paired together in the ratings, received an overall scaled score rating of 77 C. DeShazo earned a distinction designation in Science. Watson Junior High received an overall scaled score rating of 74 C.

Muleshoe High School received an overall scaled score rating of 93 A. They earned distinction designations in ELA/Reading, Mathematics and Science.

For more data regarding Muleshoe and other area schools, go to and search the name of the school.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent


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