North Garland High School Recognition
Washington Post Recognizes NGHS as 2014 U.S. Most Challenging High School
The Washington Post published its ranking of the most challenging 2,050 high schools in the United States in April, 2014. Of the 2,050 high schools making the Washington Post's "Most Challenging High Schools" list, North Garland High School ranked number 146 out of 2,050.
Scoring at the 92nd percentile of the most challenging high schools in the nation was a welcome recognition to principal Daniel Cummings. Mr. Cummings congratulated students and faculty after learning of the Washington Post recognition. "This is an outstanding accomplishment for our students and faculty, and reflects the day in and day out hard work and determination our students are putting in," Mr. Cummings said.
Methodologies used by the Washington Post in selecting schools to the Most Challenging High Schools list include an evaluation of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, along with overall graduates, college credit earned and demographic factors. More information about the Most Challenging High Schools list is available at the Washington Post.
Texas Education Agency 2013:
NGHS Met Standard + 3 Distinctions
TEA Ratings Released in August
On August 8, 2013, the Texas Education Agency released school ratings for 2013, based on test scores and data compiled at the close of the 2012-2013 school year. For more information about the new state accountability system, please visit the TEA 2013 Accountability Rating System website.
NGHS Earns "Met Standard + 3 Distinctions"
In addition to receiving the TEA 2013 Met Standard rating, North Garland High School was also recognized by TEA as earning three distinctions. North Garland High School was the only GISD high school campus earning all three of the TEA 2013 distinctions.
The TEA distinctions received by North Garland for 2013 are:
- Top 25% Student Progress
- Academic Achievement in English Language Arts
- Academic Achievement in Mathematics
The Texas Education Agency 2013 School Report Card is available for viewing on the About Us page.
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.
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 were: Recommended High School Program (Class of 2010), and Commended on Social Studies.
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.