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13 campuses honored by Just for the Kids

13 campuses honored by Just for the Kids

McKinney ISD was recently honored by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as 13 schools were named 2009 Just for the Kids Higher Performing Schools in Texas.

The organization selected these schools as higher performing based on analyses conducted by the NCEA, sponsor of the Just for the Kids Campaign. NCEA’s analysis to identify Just for the Kids Higher Performing Schools included student test results from spring 2007, 2008, and 2009. NCEA used a five-step analysis in order to recognize those schools that continue to grow their students’ academic performance more than students of demographically similar schools.

“The most significant aspect of this honor is the fact that the National Center for Educational Achievement considers academic performance over a three year time period,” said Cody Cunningham, Assistant to the Superintendent for Communications. “This demonstrates sustained growth in student performance, in spite of the ever increasing performance standards. The campuses and district are extremely proud and we recognize that this level of achievement is only made possible through the hard work and dedication of our students, parents, and teachers. The fact that an impressive 11 out of 19 elementary schools received the honor is truly exceptional.”

The 13 schools honored and their higher performing subjects are listed below:

-Bennett Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics, Reading, and Science
-Burks Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics
-Dowell Middle School is Higher Performing in Social Studies
-Eddins Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics, Reading, and Science
-Glen Oaks Elementary is Higher Performing in Science
-Johnson Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics and Science
-McKinney Boyd High School is Higher Performing in Social Studies
-McNeil Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics and Science
-Valley Creek Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and Science
-Walker Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics, Reading, and Science
-Webb Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics
-Wilmeth Elementary is Higher Performing in Reading
-Wolford Elementary is Higher Performing in Mathematics, Reading, and Science

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"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.

The Importance of Teachers

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Standard and Poor's States Structural Changes Needed to Fix School Finance, Cause of State's Financial Issues

Standard and Poor|Q|s States Structural Changes Needed to Fix School Finance, Cause of State|Q|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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