La Porte ISD's Baker Sixth Grade Campus has been named to the National Center for Educational Achievement's 2010 List of Higher Performing Schools.
The list identifies those elementary, middle and high schools that have consistently outperformed their peers that serve similar populations and recognizes their achievement in bringing more students to college and career readiness.
"It is such an honor to receive the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing School's award for growth in the area of Reading for Baker 6th Grade Campus," said Cynthia Anderson, Baker principal. "My staff comes each and every day to make a difference in kids' lives. They are committed to provide the best possible education to each and every child regardless of their life circumstance. It is my pleasure and privilege to work with such a hard working, well deserving staff."
Schools on the list are identified by one of two measures: academic growth of students at the school and/or absolute achievement of students at the school using the TAKS' Commended Performance Level. Baker was recognized for growth in reading.
The measures exemplify not only those schools that are able to improve their student performance from previous years but also those schools that push their students beyond the Met Standard (passing) level. The list comprises fewer than 10 percent of the public schools in the state.
"La Porte ISD and our community are highly honored-but not surprised-that our Baker Bears have been named by the prestigious National Council for Educational Achievement as a 2010 Higher Performing School," said David Knowles, LPISD executive director of secondary education. "The outstanding performance by Baker on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests speaks for itself. Baker's students were motivated, well prepared and well supervised by one of the best cadres of instructors in the area. The dedication and expertise of the Baker administration and staff, and the effort made by their students to excel, is part of the pattern that we have come to expect from Baker-top marks, great attitudes and a continuous quest for improvement."
NCEA, a department of ACT, Inc., was formerly known as Just for the Kids. The center began identifying Higher Performing Schools in 1998 and continues to annually release these lists as well as College and Career Readiness Charts for every public school in Texas.