All McAllen ISD high schools once again nationally recognized

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Source: McAllen ISD

MCALLEN, Texas – McAllen ISD sharing in a press release that all of the district’s high schools have been recognized among America’s best. Those schools are:

  • Achieve Early College High School
  • McAllen Memorial High School
  • McAllen High School
  • James “Nikki” Rowe High
  • Lamar Academy

This is the sixth straight year McAllen ISD has had high schools recognized by either U.S. News & World Report or The Washington Post, said the district’s press release.

The ranking methodology draws from data for the 2017-18 school year, using both state and federal datasets. In addition, the College Board and International Baccalaureate provided data on their respective college-prep programs, Advanced Placement and IB.

These are the six indicators of school quality used to calculate the rankings:

  • College readiness, based on the proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams.
  • College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.
  • Math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state-required tests.
  • Math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school’s proportion of underserved students.
  • Underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.
  • Graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2013-14 and graduated four years later.

The release concludes with a growing list of accomplishments by McAllen ISD students, teachers, and staff this year.

  • Earned state’s highest accountability rating, an “A,” for 2 straight years.
  • District awarded a Post-Secondary Readiness Distinction 3 straight years.
  • Earned Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (School FIRST) for 16th time in 17 years with perfect score the last 8 years.
  • McAllen ISD is a national Best Community for Music Education (8 straight years), placing the district among the nation’s top 6% of school districts.
  • All eligible schools recognized among America’s Healthiest Schools since 2014.

Click here for ranking report.

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