All 5 McAllen ISD high schools recognized nationally – again!

Once again, a national publication has recognized all five McAllen ISD high schools among America’s best. They are:

Achieve Early College High School    

McAllen Memorial High School                     

McAllen High School                                     

James “Nikki” Rowe High                              

Lamar Academy                                        

U.S. News & World Report publishes “Best High Schools Rankings 2020.”  This is the sixth straight year McAllen ISD has had high schools recognized by either U.S. News & World Report or The Washington Post.

Achieve Early College High is ranked as the top Early College High School in the Rio Grande Valley and the third best Early College High in Texas. Achieve ECHS is also a national Blue Ribbon school (2015).

“This recognition is a by-product of our systems and processes,” McAllen ISD Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez, Ed.D., said. “It shows we not only have excellent high schools but that our elementary and middle schools are getting the job done every day to prepare our students for the rigors of high school. Our goal is to graduate students who are college and career ready and this reveals that when our students go through our system, they will be ready to fulfill their dream.”

Nearly 17,800 public high schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

The ranking methodology draws from data for the 2017-18 school year, using both state and federal datasets. In addition, the College Board and International Baccalaureate provided data on their respective college-prep programs, Advanced Placement and IB. These are the six indicators of school quality used to calculate the rankings:

College readiness, based on the proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams.

College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.

Math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state-required tests.

Math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school's proportion of underserved students.

Underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.

Graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2013-14 and graduated four years later.

 The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions.

 This adds to a growing list of incredible accomplishments by McAllen ISD students, teachers, and staff this year. Some of these include:

            Earned state’s highest accountability rating, an “A,” for 2 straight years.

District awarded a Post-Secondary Readiness Distinction 3 straight years.

Earned Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (School FIRST) for 16th time in 17 years with perfect score the last 8 years.

McAllen ISD is a national Best Community for Music Education (8 straight years), placing the district among the nation's top 6% of school districts.

All eligible schools recognized among America’s Healthiest Schools since 2014.

 U.S. News & World Report coordinated with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, to rank the 2020 Best High Schools. More than 24,000 schools were reviewed from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Best High Schools Rankings 2020”