National Group Says West U. Elementary Is Higher Performing

January 21, 2010

West University Elementary was recently recognized as a Higher Performing school by a national nonprofit that aims to promote high academic standards and student achievement. However, Pershing Middle School and Lamar High School failed to reach the criteria needed to make the list.

Only 19 percent of Texas schools made the cut for the High Performing Schools List by the National Center for Education Achievement.

The nonprofit group bases the list on three years’ worth of data from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. The group considers factors over and above what the Texas Education Agency uses to determine schools’ academic rankings.

NCEA considers students’ academic growth from year-to-year, and also bases the list on whether schools meet the group’s benchmark for college and career readiness.

West U. Elementary was recognized by the NCEA because third graders met the readiness benchmark for math and reading. The school’s fourth and fifth graders showed growth in reading, science and writing. The older students also met the readiness benchmark for math, reading, science and writing.

Pershing Middle School and Lamar High School did not make the NCEA list. The organization said on its Website that unlisted schools don’t meet the performance criteria, do not show consistent performance over three years, or they don’t meet the state’s academic standards for acceptable schools and other criteria.

The Houston Independent School District as a whole did very well, with 87 schools ranking on the list. That’s more than any of the large school districts in Texas, including Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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