The Glen Rose Independent School District is good as gold.

The 2009 Gold Performance Acknowledgements (GPA) system, which acknowledges districts and campuses for high performance indicators other than those used to determine accountability ratings, recently announced that GRISD was awarded four out of 13 Gold Performance distinctions. It was an increase in the number of acknowledgements by 50 percent.

The awards included Recommended High School Program (RHSP) Class of 2008, College Ready Graduates Class of 2008, commended on writing and commended on social studies.

Two of the awards were reflections of Glen Rose High School. The RHSP reflects the percent of high school graduates who met or exceeded its requirements. The College Ready Graduates award reflected that 53 percent of the 2008 graduating seniors scored above the required criteria to be considered successful in college math and English language arts.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dianne Habluetzel said the preparation of students can be attributed to dual credit courses offered at the high school.

“We do have students taking dual credit classes, which is preparing them for college,” Habluetzel said.

The other two recognitions were awarded to the Junior High School and Intermediate School.

The Junior High received a commended performance (2400) on the TAKS social studies test, which was achieved by 57 percent of the seventh grade population.

The Intermediate School also received a commended performance (2400) for TAKS performance, this time on the writing test. The award reflected that 51 percent of the fourth grade population achieved the commended status.

“We may not love (the tests) but we do like to know when we do well on them,” Habluetzel said.