HISD Tops Annual List of Nation’s Higher Performing Schools
More Houston campuses make the National Center for Educational Achievement list
than Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso Combined
The Houston Independent School District landed 87 schools on the 2011 list of the nation’s Higher Performing Schools, far outpacing other urban school districts in Texas.
HISD schools now represent 9.3 percent of the 932 Texas schools earning the distinction from the National Center for Educational Achievement. In 2010, HISD schools accounted for 8.3 of the Texas 1,113 campuses on the list.
“These phenomenal results demonstrate that all students, regardless of their background, are capable of achieving at high levels when they are taught by high-quality teachers in schools run by effective principals,” said HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier. “I want to congratulate all of the hard-working members of Team HISD who are getting the job done for our city’s children.”
The NCEA’s Higher Performing Schools List recognizes schools that are raising student achievement levels more quickly than schools that enroll similar student populations. In addition, schools must meet achievement targets established under the federal No Child Left Behind Act in order to be eligible for the list. Researchers at the NCEA used a value-added approach to analyze student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in math, reading, science, social studies and writing. This approach measures whether students performed at a higher-than-predicted level, based on their prior performance.
Twenty HISD schools were rated Higher Performing in every subject area, which is also more than the combined total of schools achieving at that level in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso.
The 2011 HISD Higher Performing Schools are:
*Energized for Excellence
Challenge Early College
*DeBakey High School for Health Professions
*East Early College
*Houston Academy for International Studies
Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
*North Houston Early College
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
(Note: Schools marked with * were rated Higher Performing in all subjects.)