According to the Texas Education Agency’s website, schools and districts are rated in four areas. They are:
- Student Achievement – Represents a snapshot of performance across all subjects, on both general and alternative assessments, at an established performance standard. (All Students)
- Student Progress – Provides an opportunity for diverse campuses to show improvements made independent of overall achievement levels. Growth is evaluated by subject and student group. (All Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity; English Language Learners; Special Education)
- Closing Performance Gaps – Emphasizes improving academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing race/ethnicity student groups at each campus or district. (All Economically Disadvantaged Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity)
- Postsecondary Readiness – Includes measures of high school completion, and beginning in 2014, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) performance at the postsecondary readiness standard.(All Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity; English Language Learners; Special Education)
McKinney ISD met all four criteria for the 2012-2013 school year. Each individual school is also rated based upon the first three criteria, while high schools are rated on all four standards. All of McKinney’s high schools, middle schools and elementary schools met the standards laid out by the TEA.
The TEA also rates schools based upon their students’ academic achievement. From the TEA’s website, “For eligible campuses that achieve the rating of Met Standard, distinction designations in the following areas have also been assigned: Top 25 Percent Student Progress; Academic Achievement in Reading/English language arts; and Academic Achievement in Mathematics.”
McKinney had 17 schools achieve distinction for Top 25 Percent Student Progress. Those schools include all three of McKinney’s high schools: McKinney High, McKinney North, and McKinney Boyd, five McKinney middle schools: Faubion, Dowell, Johnson, Evans, and Cockrill, and nine McKinney elementary schools: Burks, Caldwell, Glen Oaks, Slaughter, Walker, Wolford, Malvern, Press, and McClure.
McKinney had nine schools achieve distinction for Academic Achievement in Reading/English language arts. Those schools are: McKinney High, Faubion, Dowell, Cockrill, Finch, Valley Creek, Bennett, Press, and McClure.
McKinney had 10 schools achieve distinction for Academic Achievement in Mathematics. Those schools are: McKinney High, McKinney North, Faubion, Dowell, Evans, Cockrill, Burks, Slaughter, Walker, and Press.
Out of 8,555 total campuses statewide, only 759 achieved distinction in all three categories. Among those 750 schools were five McKinney schools. Those schools are: McKinney High, Faubion, Dowell, Cockrill, and Press.