La Porte ISD's Baker Sixth Grade Campus has been named a 2011 Higher Performing School by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA).
NCEA, a department of ACT, Inc., identifies those elementary, middle and high schools in Texas that have consistently outperformed their peers with similar student populations over a three-year period. This time frame includes the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.
Schools on the list are identified by one of two measures: academic growth of students at the school and/or achievement of students at the school using the TAKS Commended standard. According to NCEA, the identification of Higher Performing Schools is more selective than the Texas Education Agency's Exemplary or Recognized list and comprises just over 10 percent of public schools in the state. Baker earned Higher Performing School recognition for growth in all subjects tested and in both reading and math.
"La Porte ISD and our community are highly honored-but not surprised-that our Baker Bears have again been named by the prestigious National Council for Educational Achievement as a 2011 Higher Performing School," said David Knowles, LPISD executive director of secondary education. "Excellent performance by Baker on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests and overall growth in student performance above predicted expectations, based on a value-added analysis, are reasons for this recognition. Baker's students were motivated, well prepared and well supervised by one of the best cadres of educators 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, formerly known as Just for the Kids, 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. A complete list of 2011 NCEA Higher Performing Schools for Texas is available at www.nc4ea.org/HPschoolstx.