Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Three Local Schools Recognized by National Org.

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc. recognized Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary, Ringgold Middle School and Veterans Middle School as 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools.  The schools received Higher Performing recognition in the following areas:
Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary School
•Science - Academic Growth 

Ringgold Middle School
•Math - Academic Growth

Veterans Middle School
•Reading - Academic Growth & Commended Performance
•Math - Academic Growth & Commended Performance

The Higher Performing Schools (formerly known as Just for the Kids 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 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. The measures identify schools that outperform their peers that serve similar student populations.  NCEA’s identification of Higher Performing Schools is more selective than the Texas Education Agency’s Exemplary or Recognized list and comprises fewer than 10% of public schools in the State of Texas. Additionally, these schools had higher than expected academic growth for three academic years to make the NCEA Higher Performing Schools List. NCEA’s philosophy is to demonstrate that with the commitment of educators, all schools can achieve academic success.

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) is a department of ACT, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people achieve education and workplace success.  NCEA builds the capacity of educators and leaders to create educational systems of excellence for all students by providing research-based solutions and expertise in higher performing schools, school improvement and best-practices research that lead to increased levels of college and career readiness.

Congratulations to the Students, Parents, Staff, RGCCISD School Board, Superintendent, Central Office Administration and everyone that contributed towards this extraordinary accomplishment.

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