NEWS RELEASE
GALENA PARK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Communications Department
14705 Woodforest Blvd., Houston, TX 77015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2011
CONTACT: Jonathan Frey
(832) 386-1231
jfrey@galenaparkisd.com

GPISD Campuses Earn Prestigious Recognition from NCEA

        The NCEA (National Center for Educational Achievement) released its prestigious 2011 National Center for Educational Achievement's Higher Performing Schools.  Eight GPISD campuses earned recognition.  You may or may not know, TEA identified approximately 48 percent of its Texas schools as Exemplary or Recognized.  By comparison, the National Center for Education Achievement analysis deemed only 10 percent of its schools to be higher performing. 

       The standard by which these schools are identified varies with respect to the state accountability system.  Instead of determining a rating based upon the percent of students meeting standard on the TAKS, the NCEA uses the following standards to identify its schools:

  1. Academic growth of students and/or 
  2. Achievement of students on the TAKS Commended standard. The Commended standard is used because the Met Standard (passing) level is too low to measure student preparedness for postsecondary learning.

       The 2011 NCEA Higher Performing list is based on three years of data from 2009 to 2011.  Refer to the list below describing the acknowledgements given to our GPISD schools.  Additionally, more detailed information about this reward may be accessed at the following web site:  http://www.nc4ea.org/index.cfm/e/higher_performing_schools/st/texas

THE HONORED SCHOOLS ARE:
Jacinto City Elementary WritingB ScienceP
Pyburn Elementary MathP WritingB
Sam Houston MathP  
Tice Elementary MathP ReadingB
Cobb 6th Grade Campus MathB ReadingG
Galena Park Middle School MathG ScienceG
Woodland Acres Middle School MathB  
North Shore Senior High Social StudiesB  
     

Higher Performing Measures:  G-Growth  P-Commended Rate   B-Both