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Four area school campuses recognized for high performance in math, science, writing

By Victoria Advocate
Oct. 28, 2011 at 5:28 a.m.


SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT AREAS

ALOE: Math and writing

DUDLEY: Writing

HOWELL: Writing

PLACEDO: Science

The National Center for Educational Achievement named four area campuses to its list of higher-performing schools.

Aloe Elementary, Dudley Magnet Elementary, and Howell Middle schools from the Victoria school district were added to this year's list along with Bloomington school district's Placedo Elementary.

VISD Superintendent Bob Moore said the fact that these schools were selected previously for the honor proves the schools are consistently providing excellence in education for their students.

"We live in a high mobility school district," Moore said. "What the NCEA analysis tells us is that the individual students are making appropriate gains that will provide them with the foundation to move on to success at the next level. This list is not based on the school accountability ratings, but on the individual student success."

The NCEA identifies its higher-performing schools by measuring consistent improvement in student achievement and the number of students who receive "commended performance" on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests.

Aloe Elementary earned a place on the higher-performing list in both math and writing, while Dudley Magnet Elementary and Howell Middle School earned places based on writing scores.

Placedo Elementary scored higher-performing based on improvement in science scores.

This is the first year Placedo made the list for its science scores, said Delores Warnell, Bloomington superintendent.

"We have a great science teacher. We have a great science curriculum, and the principal at Placedo was very on top of things," she said. "We're thrilled and excited, and it's really an honor."

The NCEA methodology takes into account the demographics of a school's enrollment and applies statistical techniques that measure the value added effect of schools.

The analysis is based on prior-year student achievement, assessing whether a student enrolled at that school for the full academic year performed above was predicted based on the assessment scores from the previous year. The students included in the evaluation must have been enrolled at that school or in the same district for at least three years.

The NCEA provided award certificate to each school and the district.

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