McKinney North High School has earned a Recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency for the school’s performance on the 2010-11 TAKS test. In August, officials from McKinney ISD appealed McKinney North’s initial rating of Academically Acceptable when they discovered that a coding error had misrepresented the school’s performance in a specific subset category. After a thorough review that included an independent, outside panel, TEA granted the appeal.
“It’s such an honor for our campus,” says Principal Jimmy Spann. “It truly validates the hard work and dedication of our students and teachers. While there are many other great things taking place at MNHS, this honor is special as it recognizes the great things going on in the classroom. We announced the Recognized status to the students at our pep rally, and the applause and spirited yells were unbelievable.”
They have good reason to celebrate; a Recognized rating is a significant achievement. “When you consider less than a quarter of Texas high schools earned either a Recognized or Exemplary rating, you begin to appreciate just how uncommon these top honors are for secondary schools,” says Geoff Sanderson, McKinney ISD Chief Accountability Officer. “McKinney North satisfied 25 different performance indicators including the new additional standards imposed this year by TEA.”
“Our motto is ‘Unleashing Excellence’,” says Spann, “and this honor symbolizes who we are.”
McKinney North will carry their Recognized rating through the 2012-13 school year as TEA has not yet released performance requirements for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) testing to be introduced this spring.
For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Specialist, at 469-742-4007 or firstname.lastname@example.org