Some good news for the Houston school district -- it is kicking the asses of other urban districts in the state when it comes to meeting the high standards of the National Center for Educational Accountability.
NCEA, though its Just For Kids organization, has released its annual study of schools who have met their college and career readiness standards.
HISD has 19 such schools; the next highest urban district, Dallas, has six. (Two schools earned awards in two different grades, so HISD is touting 21 as their number.)
The NCEA's Janet Spence tells Hair Balls that there's no anomaly that would skew the results; Houston schools just were doing better than their cohorts.
"I know we do a lot of work there, and they are working very diligently for all their students," she says.
Fifteen elementary schools met the third-grade standards in Houston alone.
"Excitement is growing across the distict," HISD spokesperson Lisa Kinney said.
Here are the lower-elementary schools making the list: Durkee, Gregg, Joe E Moreno, Kelso, Kennedy, Love, Montgomery, Oates, River Oaks, Seguin, Sherman, Sugar Grove, T H Rogers, West University, and White.
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The sixth grades: River Oaks, Roberts, and West University.
Middle schools: Lanier.
High schools: Carnegie Vanguard and DeBakey High.
-- Richard Connelly