North Garland High School Recognition
US News & World Report Best High Schools 2013
Nationally Ranked as
"Best High Schools Silver 2013"
North Garland High School was named by U.S. News & World Report to their national ranking of Best High Schools in May of 2013.
U.S. News National Rankings
According to U.S. News, the evaluation process to determine schools named to the national Best High Schools list generally includes an examination of student performance on state proficiency tests combined with an analysis of the degree to which schools successfully prepare students for college-level work.
Several Factors Considered
The three-step evaluation process used by U.S. News begins with determining whether a particular school's students are performing better than statistically expected compared to state averages, while also considering the socio-economic factors of enrolled students. U.S. News states that this method allows the identification of schools performing better than statistical expectations.
The second step in the ranking process further narrows the field of schools by examining whether the school's least-advantaged students are performing better than state averages for similar students in the particular state.
As U.S. News describes the selection process, the third step then judges those schools still in the running on a national basis for their college-readiness performance using Advanced Placement or IB test data as the benchmarks for college success.
Texas Education Agency 2011 Recognized Campus
TEA 2011 Recognized Campus
North Garland High School was rated by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as a 2011 Recognized Campus on July 29, 2011. North Garland High's Texas Education Agency 2011 School Accountability rating may be viewed here.
NGHS Meets "Adequate Yearly Progress" Goals
In addition to the TEA 2011 Recognized Campus rating, North Garland High School was also reported by TEA as meeting all of the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Among GISD high schools, North Garland High stood alone in meeting or exceeding the federal NCLB goals for 2011 "Adequate Yearly Progress." North Garland High's Texas Eduation Agency 2011 AYP report may be viewed here.
NGHS Receives 2 TEA "Gold Performance" Acknowledgements
In addition to the 2011 Recognized Campus designation by Texas Education Agency (TEA), and TEA recognition for meeting or exceeding the federal AYP goals of NCLB for 2011, North Garland High School was also acknowledged by TEA for achieving Gold Performance recognition in two areas.
The two NGHS 2011 Gold Performance acknowledgements are: Recommended High School Program (Class of 2010), and Commended on Social Studies.
The Texas Education Agency 2010-2011 School Report Card is available for viewing on the About Us page.
2010 & 2011 NCEA Higher Performing School
Two GISD Schools Recognized
North Garland High School was named by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as a 2010 Higher Performing School January 2011, and again as a 2011 Higher Performing School January 2012.
North Garland was one of only two schools in the Garland ISD to be so named for 2010, and the only high school so named for 2011.
Academic Growth & Academic Achievement
Schools on the NCEA list are identified by one of two measures: academic growth of students at the school and absolute achievement of students at the school using TAKS' Commended Performance level.
Increasing College Readiness
NCEA states that these 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 - a level that is typically too low to accurately measure student preparedness for postsecondary learning.
Fewer than 10% of Schools Recognized as Higher Performing
According to NCEA, a department of ACT, Inc. (a national not-for-profit educational testing firm), NCEA's identification of Higher Performing Schools is more selective than the Texas Education Agency's Exemplary or Recognized list and comprises fewer than 10% of public schools in the state.
North Garland was recognized for absolute achievement in Science and academic growth in Social Studies in 2010, and again in 2011.
North Garland's NCEA report may be viewed here; more information about NCEA and 2010 & 2011 Higher Performing Schools is available at the NCEA web site.