Wednesday , 25 April 2018

MISD: Inclusion of MHS on `Subpar Schools’ List Irresponsible

McKinney ISD responded Wednesday to a report by the Texas Education Agency that listed McKinney High School among the 566 state schools deemed “subpar” due to either low test scores or “unacceptable ratings.”

A synopsis of that report can be viewed by clicking here.

MHS should not have been on that list, according to MISD. Please review MISD’s response, which hopefully will clarify how one of our local high schools wound up on the list, which was published in Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News and picked up by media outlets such as TSB:

Response by MISD

The recent report naming McKinney High School to a list of sub-par schools is both irresponsible and inaccurate as it fails to clarify that the label was based upon a coding error in a small selective group of students two years ago and does not accurately represent the overall performance of McKinney High School students. Furthermore, the clerical error and process leading to the mistake was identified and rectified over two years ago. The Unacceptable rating received in 2009 by McKinney High School had nothing to do with the actual academic performance of its students.

In 2009, McKinney High School received an Unacceptable rating due to a coding error in the completion rate of a small group of students. The campus incorrectly tracked and/or miscoded a number of students who left the campus that year. Students who may have moved away, enrolled in another district or private school, etc. were not accurately coded which resulted in a lower than expected completion rate.  The campus rectified the issue and changed its clerical processes to ensure the error would not occur again. The following year, in 2010, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) went on to rate McKinney High School as a Recognized Campus.  However, more than two years after the coding error issue was resolved the campus must carry the Public Education Grant (PEG) label for the remainder of this year before it is removed.   

McKinney High School and McKinney ISD have taken steps to address systemic issues that contributed to the 2009 rating.  Moreover, in 2010 the TEA recognized the quality of education available at MHS and opted to exempt the school from a year of state monitoring mandated in 2009. MHS students continue to achieve high levels of performance in Advanced Placement Testing, SAT testing, ACT testing, and National Merit Achievement.
Meanwhile, McKinney High, and its students, have earned numerous accolades, including the following:

011 Texas AEIS Indicators:
In the past 3 years (2009,  2010, and 2011), MHS has been evaluated 80 times by the state accountability system.
41 (51%) of the evaluations have met an exemplary level of performance.
24 (30%) evaluations have met the Recognized performance level.
13 (16%) of the evaluations met standards for Academically Acceptable.
2 measures (3%) were Academically Unacceptable (from 2009). These two indicators were in the area of completion rate, not a performance measure based on testing.

In 2009 (the AU year), MHS was 6 students away from meeting recognized or exemplary performance standards in all measures of test performance. MHS was rated as Recognized in 2010 and Academically Acceptable in 2011.

National Merit Performance (based on PSAT testing in grade 11)
Since 2009, MHS has celebrated 7 National Merit Finalists, 9 Semifinalists, 27 Commended students, 9 National Hispanic Scholars, 1 National Achievement Program Semifinalist, and 3 NAP Outstanding Participants. Only a handful of public high schools in Texas (non-magnet schools) can match or exceed that level of performance.

Advanced Placement Testing
In the time period between 2009 to 2011, MHS increased the number of AP test takers from 522 to 599. In 2011, MHS administered 1299 AP exams to those 599 students. 767 (59%) tests earned a score of 3 or better (scale is 1-5). This percentage of passing scores compares to a state average 44% and national average of 56%.

SAT/ACT Testing
MHS students have consistently scored above state and national averages on SAT and ACT college entrance exams.

For more information, contact Cody Cunningham, Chief Communications Officer for McKinney Independent School District


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