Nine NEISD schools top ranked by Texas Monthly

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Nine NEISD schools top ranked by Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly magazine has published a list of the top public schools in Texas, and North East ISD has nine schools being recognized. This is the fourth year Texas Monthly has published a list of top ranking schools in Texas. The North East schools to make the list include two elementary schools, Redland Oaks and Thousand Oaks; five middle schools, Bradley, Bush, Driscoll, Eisenhower and Jackson; and two high schools, Churchill and Reagan.  Driscoll Midde School has been ranked as the number one middle school in Texas based on its higher performing subjects of reading, math, writing and social studies compared to other middle schools.

To identify the best schools, research was done by the Austin-based National Center for Educational Accountability (NCEA) (formerly Just for the Kids), a research arm of the University of Texas. According to Texas Monthly 574 schools were ranked. The NCEA identified consistently higher performing schools in states across the country, and used three years of performance data.  The schools had to exhibit outstanding performance across multiple grades and years. These schools were then compared with those of average-performing schools in order to determine the most successful school.

Research is based on an analysis of both performance on the school's state's criterion referenced test (CRT) and demographic factors such as the percent of low income and English Language Learner (ELL) students, the school enrollment and if possible any prior preparation before entering that school.  They also consider individual performance and overall performance on standardized testing, the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status, and also opportunity gaps which measure the distance between a schools proficiency compared to the percent proficient of the top comparable schools with similar demographics. 
 
For more information on the general methodology for the data analysis and to view the list of schools, visit the Texas Monthly Web site at http://www.texasmonthly.com/2006-12-01/feature7.php.