Six MISD schools named to NCEA Higher Performing Schools List
Six McKinney ISD schools were named to The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) Higher Performing Schools List (formerly known as Just for the Kids Schools).
The following schools received the honor and Higher Performing recognition in the following areas:
• Dowell Middle School, Higher Performing in Reading and Social Studies
• Eddins Elementary School, Higher Performing in Science and Writing
• Johnson Middle School, Higher Performing in Social Studies
• McKinney Boyd High School, Higher Performing in Social Studies
• McKinney North High School, Higher Performing in Science and Social Studies
• Walker Elementary School, Higher Performing in Science
The Higher Performing Schools are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years (growth) and/or absolute student achievement using the school's Commended Performance results on the spring 2010 TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test.
NCEA's higher performing methodology controls for school and student demographics to allow for an apples-to-apples comparison of school achievement and to demonstrate that with the commitment of educators, all schools can have success no matter the zip code. NCEA provided award certificates to each Higher Performing School and the district.
“Making the list is a great achievement for these schools. With education reforms focused on higher standards and rigorous accountability measures such as the coming of the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), these higher performing schools show us that all students can, and will, get there,” says Efrain Mercado, Director of Outreach at NCEA. “Our Texas educators are doing great work, but if we want every student to graduate with the skills to be successful beyond high school, there’s still more work to do. The schools on this list show us that Texas is making college and career readiness a priority.”
"The Importance of Teachers"
McKinney ISD students pay tribute to their teachers in this video produced in honor of the district's 2011 Teacher of the Year candidates.
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Standard and Poor's States Structural Changes Needed to Fix School Finance, Cause of State's Financial Issues
"In fact, we believe that the primary source of the state's budget imbalance is not slower revenue growth, but rather, built-in budget imbalances that simply become more evident during periods of economic decline or slow revenue growth. Chief among these potential sources of persistent imbalances is education funding. As we have said for the past four years, the school finance reforms that the legislature approved in 2006 created a long-term source of budget pressure for the state, in our opinion."
-Standard and Poor's, Feb. 16, 2011
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