The National Center for Educational Achievement named 13 Pasadena ISD campuses to its elite list of Higher Performing Schools.
Schools earning the honor for their performance during the 2008-2009 school year include Atkinson Elementary, Golden Acres Elementary, Jessup Elementary, Kruse Elementary, Bush Elementary, Mae Smythe Elementary, Pasadena Memorial High School, Pearl Hall Elementary, South Houston Elementary, Southmore Intermediate, Sparks Elementary, Williams Elementary and Young Elementary.
“The expectations and the level of student achievement at these campuses and others in our district have always been high,” Pasadena ISD Superintendent Dr. Kirk Lewis said. “Our teachers and staff are dedicated to doing what’s best for kids. Our teachers have always been open to innovative ideas and applying those ideas in the classroom, which promotes student success.”
Every year, the National Center for Educational Achievement identifies consistently higher performing schools in many states across the country. The Pasadena schools were recognized by the NCEA because of their outstanding performance across multiple grades and years.
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) is a non-profit, non-partisan ACT organization whose mission is to help K-12 students reach College and Career Readiness (CCR). The Just for the Kids Higher Performing School Lists feature schools that increase their students' academic performance more than students of schools that have similar demographics.